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    This Project is linked to the following Strand/s:

    Migration and Mobility

    Overview

    Objectives
    This project aims to develop a simulation model to assess the impact of migration on future pension rights for a range of typical migrant workers. Its plan is to establish a limited number of life courses, based on current available data about demographic and socioeconomic status of migrant workers. In addition, the regulatory framework for dealing with the pension rights of these workers is being analysed, taking into consideration the interaction between the migrant's home pension system and that of the host country.

    Little attention has been paid to how EU enlargement has increased the importance of labour mobility issues, and few studies have tested EU regulations designed to ensure migrant workers do not lose out in relation to public pension provision. Very little is known about migrant workers' entitlement to non-state provision, which is regulated at member state level. This project aims to fill these gaps.

    Methods
    The project uses Eurostat and OECD data to measure migration. Likely pension incomes are calculated based on comparison of the pension outcomes of the migrant biographies. The operation of current EU policy arrangements is also being assessed. The project team have also begun to compile a database of standard practice on non-state pension mobility.

    Findings
    The project is still on-going, however using the Eurostat and OECD data, the project has determined the scale of the pension mobility problem posed by migrant labour. It has identified migration from Eastern Europe to the West following EU enlargement as a major new challenge for the EU, given relatively small levels of labour mobility before the mid-1990s.

    To test EU regulations in the face of this new challenge, the project has begun the task of establishing exemplar biographies, by nationality and income type. These will be used at a later stage of the project to calculate the pension costs of migration using policy simulation.

    Through the use of country experts in a number of exemplar countries, the project has begun to compile a database of standard practice on non-state pension mobility, establishing which regulations, if any, are in place to ensure that non-state pension rights are preserved when citizens leave a country either temporarily or permanently.

    Publications & Activities

    Free movement? An investigation into the protection of public-private pension entitlements for mobile workers within the EU
    CPC/PGRG Conference 'Innovative perspectives on population mobility: Mobility, immobility and well-being' (2012). (University of St Andrews)
    Authors: Andow C, Bridgen P, Meyer T,

    Free movement? An investigation into the protection of public-private pension entitlements for mobile workers within the EU
    RGS-IBG Annual International Conference (2012). (University of Edinburgh)
    Authors: Andow C, Bridgen P, Meyer T,

    Bridgen P, Meyer T, (2011) Varieties of Pension Governance: the Privatization of Pensions in Europe
    Oxford Univeristy Press, 265-292.

    Liberalisation or dualisation Public and Private Pension Reforms in Germany since the 1990s the impact of
    Council for European Studies (CES) Conference (2011). (Barcelona)
    Authors: Bridgen P, Meyer T,

    Bridgen P, Meyer T, (2011) Converging worlds of welfare? German and British social policy in the 21st Century
    Oxford University Press, 157-179.

    Invited paper: Pension futures in an era of globalisation
    ESRC network - Rethinking Retirement (2011). (Women's Library, London Metropolitan University)
    Authors: Meyer T, Bridgen P,

    Invited speaker: Elderly and poor? Fair pension policies in Europe
    Expert workshop of the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation (2011). (Social Democratic Institute for Political Education, Berlin)
    Authors: Meyer T,

    Keynote address: The financial crisis as emergency - lessons for welfare state research
    Annual European Social Policy Analysts Network Israel (ESPAnet) (2011). (Max Stern Academic College of Emek Yezreel, Israel)
    Authors: Meyer T,

    Ageing societies and their pension burdens
    9th Annual ESPAnet conference (2011). (Valencia)
    Authors: Meyer T,

    Liberalisation or dualisation Public and Private Pension Reforms in Germany since the 1990s the impact of
    Society for the Advancement of Socio Economics Conference (2011). (Madrid)
    Authors: Bridgen P, Meyer T,

    Invited paper: Gender and Pension reform. A comparative view
    Ageing Globally Ageing Locally, Centre for Ageing Research and Development in Ireland (CARDI) International Conference (2011). (Dublin)
    Authors: Meyer T,

    Towards a social democratic pension system? Assessing the significance of the 2007 and 2008 Pension Acts
    Social Policy Association 2010 Conference (2010). (University of Lincoln)
    Authors: Bridgen P,