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Embracing the Polish plumber: (belated) solidarity or (naked) self-interest?

29 May 2008


As France lifts the restrictions imposed on the free movement of workers from the eight Central and Eastern European countries which joined the EU in 2004, this commentary by Karolina Sitek assesses the impact of increased migration flows in the EU on both the ‘old’ EU-15 and new Member States, examines why some governments which initially opposed unlimited free movement are changing their minds, and suggests a more inclusive approach to migration which capitalises on the benefits of increased mobility.

Embracing the Polish plumber: (belated) solidarity or (naked) self-interest?