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    This Project is part of the following research programme/s:

    Migration and Mobility

    Overview

    When the European Economic Community was founded in 1957, its purpose was a peaceful and stable Europe, and the creation of a common market was considered to be central to achieving this aim. Mobile citizens were constituents of this common market from the start, and to enable mobility, the Community pledged to remove obstacles workers might face. This was the theory. In practice, it took a long time until more specific rights were introduced, and until today, mobile workers might well be penalised for moving between countries.

    This project explores the mobility of social rights in Europe from the perspective of pensions, among the most significant and long-lasting for citizens. In order not to be disadvantaged in comparison with an immobile employee, a mobile worker needs to be able to preserve their pension rights, otherwise citizens who move risk losing their benefits and could face poverty in retirement. It is therefore important to know how the broad guarantees given by the European Communities in 1957 (EC)look from this more detailed perspective.

    Empirically the research analyses the institutional arrangements in place to preserve migrants pension rights, and how these vary, especially for non-sate pensions, between the various EU member states. It also uses secondary data analysis to determine the impact of different migrant trajectories on migrants' income on retirement and, on this basis, assesses the relative feasibility of return and permanent migration. The project's focus in on the EU countries which have been most involved in intra-EU migration over the last 20 years ie Poland, Romania, Italy, UK, Germany, the Netherlands and Spain.

    Publications & Activities

    EU migrants' claims on the welfare state: Cost or benefit? An analysis of the UK before and after Brexit
    ESPAnet conference 2018 (2018). (Vilnius University, Lithuania)
    Authors: Meyer T, Bridgen P,

    How Restricting Intra-EU Migrants' Social Rights Could Reduce Their Economic Contribution: The Case of the UK
    25th International Conference of Europeanists (2018). (Chicago, IL, USA)
    Authors: Bridgen P,

    Democracies, Economies and Social Protection: Understanding Welfare State Development in Asia and Europe
    Workshop on East Asian Welfare States in the Era of Globalisation and Regionalisation: Institutional Continuities and Changes (2017). (Institute of Ethnology, Academia Sinica, Taiwan.)
    Authors: Meyer T,

    Keynote: Changing Labour Markets and Old-age Security
    Changing Labour Markets, Life-course and Pensions Conference 2017 (2017). (Finnish Centre for Pensions, Helsinki)
    Authors: Meyer T,

    Bridgen P, (2016) Chapter 4 - Europäische rentenpolitik in zeiten der wirtschaftskrise. Was junge beschäftigte heute (noch) von der rente erwarten können in MetallRente Studie 2016: Jugend, Vorsorge, Finanzen. Zwischen Eigenverantwortung und Regulierung – Lösungsansätze in Deutschland und Europa
    Beltz Juventa

    Meyer T, (2016) Gelungene Rentenreformen sind m?glich in MetallRente Studie 2016, Kurzfassung: Jugend, Vorsorge, Finanzen. Zwischen Eigenverantwortung und Regulierung – Lösungsansätze in Deutschland und Europa
    Beltz Juventa, 20.

    Protection of the low waged in Germany's pension system. A European comparison
    Berliner Kolloquien Soziale Marktwirtschaft (Berlin Social Market Economy Colloquia) (2016). (Bertelsmann Foundation, Berlin)
    Authors: Meyer T,

    Architecture of a sustainable future system of retirement
    Annual Conference of the Association of Occupational Pensions (2015). (Hotel Maritime Berlin)
    Authors: Meyer T,

    Pensions
    Social Cohesion Days (2015). (Reggio Emilia, Italy)
    Authors: Meyer T,

    The Unexpected Rise of the State in Liberal Pension Systems
    The Evolution of Social Protection: China and Europe compared (2015). (University of Southampton)
    Authors: Bridgen P,

    Beyond the Crisis in Europe - New Opportunities for reconciling sustainability, equality and economic robustness
    12th Annual ESPAnet conference (2014). (Oslo, Norway)
    Authors: Bridgen P, Meyer T,

    Free Movement? The impact of migration on the pensions of European migrants.
    Social Policy Conference (2014). (Xiamen University, China)
    Authors: Meyer T,

    Pension systems and pension reform in Europe. International lessons?
    Invited Seminar (2014). (Beijing Technology and Business University)
    Authors: Meyer T,

    Reforming public pensions in times of demographic change – policy recommendations
    Financing Public Pension Systems in Times of Demographic Change: increase of retirement age as panacea? (2014). (Fudan University, Shanghai)
    Authors: Meyer T,

    Pension systems and pension reform in Europe. International lessons?
    Invited Seminar (2014). (Remnin University)
    Authors: Meyer T,

    The financial pull of home: Intra-EU migration, pension regimes and the feasibility of staying put on retirement
    Pensions Workshop - Pensions Research Network (2014). (Westminster Business School, University of Westminster)
    Authors: Bridgen P,

    The financial pull of home – Do EU migrants have to return to avoid poverty in retirement?
    European Social Policy Analysts network ESPAnet annual Conference (2014). (Oslo, Norway)
    Authors: Meyer T, Bridgen P,

    The financial pull of home – Do EU migrants have to return to avoid poverty in retirement?
    IMISCOE Annual Conference on Immigration (2014). (Madrid)
    Authors: Meyer T,

    The financial pull of home: Intra-EU migration, pension regimes and the feasibility of staying put on retirement
    11th IMISCOE Annual Conference: Immigration, Social Cohesion and Social Innovation (2014). (IUEM, Madrid)
    Authors: Bridgen P, Meyer T,

    The third pillar in pensions – do we need a re-appraisal after the financial crisis?
    Annual meeting of the Society of social Progress (2014). (Germany)
    Authors: Meyer T,