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EU Enlargement and Migration: Assessing the Macroeconomic Impacts

  • Ray Barrell


    (National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR))

  • John FitzGerald

    (Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI))

  • Rebecca Riley

    (National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR))

This paper considers the macroeconomic effects of the migration that followed the enlargement of the EU in May 2004. At that time the EU was expanded to include 10 New Member States (NMS) predominantly from Central and Eastern Europe. In the wake of accession the number of workers migrating to the EU-15 from the poorest of the NMS increased significantly. In part the result of the liberal immigration policies adopted, and restrictive policies adopted elsewhere, Ireland and the UK have become popular destination countries for NMS workers. Here we illustrate the potential macroeconomic consequences of these migration flows across Europe, highlighting the impacts in both the receiving and sending countries.

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Length: 23 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2007
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Handle: RePEc:esr:wpaper:wp203
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