Martin Ruhs’ work on migration and mobility in the EU wins major grant

20 October 2016

Kellogg Fellow Martin Ruhs is part of an international research consortium that has been awarded a major research grant from the European Commission’s ‘Horizon2020’ Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. This will fund a three-year project which will investigate the economic, social, institutional and policy factors that have shaped the impacts of free movement and the public debates surrounding it. The project is called ‘The Role of European Mobility and its Impacts in Narratives, Debates and EU Reforms’ or REMINDER for short. This highly topical research aims to help European policymakers develop policy responses that inspire public trust, ensure the fairness and sustainability of free movement, and maintain inclusive policies that reduce inequalities across the continent.

REMINDER encompasses twelve research teams across Europe led by Oxford’s Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS). Martin’s areas of interest are the fiscal effects of immigration in different EU countries, the tensions wrought by differences between the national institutions of the various countries (such as welfare states and labour markets), and common EU policies on migration and mobility. To find out more, read his recent paper: Is unrestricted immigration compatible with inclusive welfare states? National institutions, citizenship norms and the politics of free movement in the European Union.