Are EU Free Movement and the National Welfare State Compatible? TransJudFare Researchers Dorte S. Martinsen and Benjamin Werner provide evidence from Denmark and Germany

“Some scholarly literature and public debates have characterized the EU free movement system with its extensive mobility and non-discrimination rules as corrosive to the nationally organized welfare state, which will become a ‘magnet’ for the European poor. In their recent paper Dorte Sindbjerg Martinsen and Benjamin Werner from the TransJudFare project examined how the German and Danish welfare states have responded to the EU free movement system and its outcomes in terms of EU citizens’ take-up rate of non-contributory benefits between 2007 and 2015. They show that the domestic responses were mostly restrictive and that outcomes remained rather stable. Their findings do not support the welfare magnet thesis but instead identify a tendency to a bifurcated social protection system for EU citizens in Germany.”

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