Central and East European Migrants' Contributions to Social Protection

Hardcover | December 15, 2012

bySönke Maatsch

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This book makes a major contribution to the debate on the socio-economic consequences of recent migration waves from Central and Eastern Europe to Western European states. The prevailing discourse in much of Western Europe states that immigration carries a high cost for labour markets and social protection programmes in the receiving states. Contrary to this, Maatsch argues that these states may actually benefit from recent immigration trends and an influx of highly skilled workers, and that it is the sending states who lose out. Maatsch systematically analyses the consequences of intra-European migration since the late 1980s and the effects that this has had on the financing of social protection in both the sending and in the receiving states. Social policies such as unemployment benefits and pension schemes are examined, to provide insightful policy recommendations.

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This book makes a major contribution to the debate on the socio-economic consequences of recent migration waves from Central and Eastern Europe to Western European states. The prevailing discourse in much of Western Europe states that immigration carries a high cost for labour markets and social protection programmes in the receiving s...

SÖNKE MAATSCH studied economics and political science at the University of Bremen, the New School University, New York, and the Lille University of Science and Technology. He defended his PhD in economics in 2010 and holds a bachelor's degree in political science. He has participated in numerous research projects on European integrati...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 10.83 × 5.7 × 0.84 inPublished:December 15, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230355250

ISBN - 13:9780230355255

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Who Migrates? Theory, Lessons from the Past, and the Latest Data
Are Welfare States Endangered by Migration? The perspective of economic theory
A Model of EU Eastward Enlargement
EU Social Legislation and National Social Policies
Latest Data: What do we know about the 'New Migration'?
National Social Policies in the Light of the Eastern Enlargement
Conclusions