ON-THE-MOVE: The reality of free movement for young European citizens migrating in times of crisis

Project Summary

This project is hosted by: Institute of Advanced Legal Studies

Research interests:
Project period:
01-Oct-2015 - 01-Apr-2017
Project categories:
Research project
Project summary:
The program aims to look into the reality of the right to free movement within the European Union from the viewpoint of young Europeans (aged 25-35) who exercise or plan to exercise this right. The project addresses three main target groups (young citizens across Europe; local, regional and national authorities competent on free movement and EU Institutions) and aims to identify the real and perceived obstacles and barriers faced when exercising the right to free movement; to identify the practices that promote or hinder the enjoyment of this right; to raise awareness among young people on their rights and among national and EU bodies on barriers and ways to address them; and to propose legislative and non-legislative solutions for making the right to free movement effective.
To achieve these goals the project will conduct legal and empirical research in 15 EU member states that have experienced increased outgoing migration or incoming migration in the last 4 years and capacity building for EU officials and young people across Europe.
Deliverables will include: i) 15 national reports; ii) 1 report on individual experiences of young people on the move; iii) 4 cross country reports; iv) 1 comparative report; v) recommendations; vi) best practice manual for national authorities; vii) manual addressing myths among young people; viii) a seminar in Brussels; ix) 15 awareness events; x) website; xi) electronic newsletters.

Management Details

Lead researcher & project contact:

Name Position Institute Organisation Contact
Dr Constantin Stefanou Director – Sir William Dale Centre for Legislative Studies Institute of Advanced Legal Studies University of London constantin.stefanou@sas.ac.uk


Other collaborative organisations:

Name URL Contact
Art.1 (NL)
Center for the Study of Democracy (BG)
Centre for European Constitutional Law (GR) – LEADER
Centre for European Constitutional Law - Themistokles & Dimitris Tsatsos Foundation (CECL) http://www.cecl2.gr/index.php/en/ http://www.cecl2.gr/index.php/en/contact-us
Centre for Sociological Research, KU Leuven (BE)
Centro de Estudos Intervencao Social (PT)
Cooperation for the Development of Emerging Countries (IT)
European Forum for Migration Studies, University of Bamberg (DE)
European Training& Research Centre for Human Rights & Democracy (AT)
Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights (PL)
Institut Français des droits et libertés (FR)
Institute for Public Policy (RO)
Institute of Baltic Studies (EE)
Instituto Universitario de Estudios sobre Migraciones, Universidad Pontificia Comillas (ES)
Symfiliosi (CY)



Funder Grant type Award
European Commission, DG Justice- Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme 2014-2020 JUST/2014/RCIT/AG/CITI/7269 £ 33,757,00