What is the situation of EU mobile citizens (i.e. intra-EU labor migrants) within the EU and how can we improve it?  How do different municipalities across the EU deal with EU mobile citizens at the local level? What is the role of temporary working agencies when it comes to EU mobile citizens?

The number of EU mobile citizens is growing and they often face a wide range of challenges, such as registering at their new local municipality, finding housing, and getting access to certain information.

Purpose of research

The purpose of the research is to compare and contrast the situation of EU mobile citizens in different municipalities across the EU.

The report specifically focuses on the registration process of EU mobile citizens at their local municipality, information flows from municipalities and temporary working agencies, as well as the housing situation for EU mobile citizens within their municipality.

Regarding methodology, for the Facing Europe’s Challenges course, European Studies students conducted in-depth, semi-structured interviews with various stakeholders that engage with and understand the situation of EU mobile citizens in their municipalities (e.g. employees of municipalities, managers of temporary working agencies, etc.). Information from these interviews is then coded and processed into a report by members of the Changing Role of Europe research group.

Findings from this report are being used to formulate an Interreg Europe application. Interreg Europe funds projects that focus on interregional cooperation within the EU which are financed by the European Regional Development Fund.

Duration of project

January 2023- December 2024

Project leader

dr. Rosa Groen