This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 320294


Gender and generational dimensions in accessing to Social Rights by EU mobile citizens (Deliverable 9.2)

July 20, 2017

Authors: Luppi MatteoSantero AriannaNaldini ManuelaKnijn Trudie

This study investigates, from a gender and generational perspective, the actual possibilities and impediments that EU mobile citizens experience in their access to social rights. The report covers a wide spectrum of welfare regimes and migration regimes by including twelve EU and non-EU countries. A review of the gender and intergenerational issues concerning access by EU mobile citizens to social rights is presented by looking at both national and EU laws. Increased intra-EU migration has led to greater interest in EU citizens’ entitlements to public benefits. Because many of these entitlements have been maintained under the national jurisdictions, selective criteria as means to prevent welfare tourism have been implemented by many countries. Gender and intergenerational issues are not directly addressed. However, access to these rights mostly depends on meeting requirements or possessing economic resources, which may be indirectly related to gender and generation as long as they are based on the applicants’ employment position. Therefore, because in many countries migrant women are employed in disadvantaged labour market positions, they are at greater risk of encountering practical barriers in meeting the requirements for social rights entitlements. Also young EU (mobile) citizens, when they move to other Member States for study purposes, may encounter obstacles in accessing some social rights if they do not fulfil certain requirements.


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