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Dear mr. rector, Dear team of the University of Oviedo, Dear colleagues,   First of all, many thanks to the University of Oviedo, particularly the rector, Professor Silvia Gomez and her team for making it possible to host our fourth bEUcitizen General Assembly Meeting! A conference that is held in a time of great uncertainty for European citizens, faced with rising nationalism, growing xenophobia and populism, fear and anger. These are all culminating in last week’s…

EUROPE AT A CROSSROADS   Martin Seeleib-Kaiser (University of Oxford)   THE VOTE FOR BREXIT has opened an existential phase for the future of the EU. Irrespective of the political debates over the past year or so, the British referendum at its core was not about Britain’s membership in the EU, but about how the country copes with deindustrialization, deprivation and one of the highest levels of inequality in Europe. “Privatized Keynesianism” (C. Crouch) helped to conceal…

At the heart of any well-founded research activity, there are necessarily datasets – and perhaps no dataset represents data of first resort as official (national) statistics do. Usage of the lowly official statistic, mundane as it may seem, may also be what statements of trends are based upon, what hypotheses are tested against and, ultimately, what theories may be built upon or debunked by. The second portion of Work Package 10 of the bEU citizen research project (WP 10.2.) has dealt with…

The rights of European citizenship to free movement are premised on work: on the development of the European Union as a market, with the free movement of labour alongside goods, services and capital. Notwithstanding the extension of those rights to 'economically inactive' EU citizens, the rights of the mobile EU citizen to reside in a member state of which they are not a national citizen, beyond three months, are contingent on work (being a worker, self-employed, a job-seeker) or…

Statistics are becoming increasingly important for shaping policy at national and European level. More and more data on populations is collected, and is of ever more salience in policy debates. As new member states join the EU they are called upon to contribute to Eurostat – the European statistical office of the European Union, which provides statistics at European level that enable comparisons between countries and regions. As its website states:…

Five thousand people in Calais wanting to cross the Channel to the UK has meant my inbox is overflowing with invitations for interviews and top lines on ‘what is to be done’. What is striking about these requests is how many ask for brevity. ‘Tell us what you would do about Calais in 50 words. Be as specific as possible’, asked one journalist. The flood of requests (or perhaps I should say ‘swarm’) encapsulates what I find to be a real dilemma working in the field of ‘migration…

We are used to distinguish people according to their origin. From their origin we can see that the person is from a different nationality. In everyday life we can see that the people are different – they have a different language, they are of different races, and they have different cultural habits. All this does not disturb us, because we assume these people will stay in our country or beside us temporarily and soon they have to return to their home-country. There are usually no…

Last week, which was my second in office, I travelled to Copenhagen for a bEUcitizen meeting. The plane was packed with businessmen and elegant people doing Christmas shopping. Having been busy lately with the project, with my book, and with my baby, I did not have time – and, to some extent, money – to buy myself nice clothes and shoes after the pregnancy, neither to go to the hairdresser’s. In the rush, I packed two half pair of black shoes apart from the comfortable, unpolishable…

In 2011 the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) decided in its ground-breaking judgment Ruiz Zambrano that citizens of the European Union may not be deprived from their “genuine enjoyment of the substance of their rights” as European citizens. Consequently, in the case of Ruiz Zambrano, the Colombian parent(s) of two Belgium children had a derived right to reside in Belgium, to facilitate the children’s residence in the EU. In subsequent Dutch case law the issue arose whether in…