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Freedom of movement of persons – the building block of European growth

1 October 2014
Radoslaw Sikorski (Marshal of the Sejm (Polish Parliament))


In his article on the freedom of movement of persons, Radosław Sikorski tackles some of the myths regarding the free movement of workers inside the EU, arguing that is has a limited scope (only 3% of EU citizens) and is an integral part of the Single Market that spurs economic growth and brings huge benefits to the EU economy. He argues that the possibility of finding employment is the main reason for why people move, not the misuse of social benefits. Radosław Sikorski calls for the elimination to abuses of the social welfare system but not by excluding migrants. The article defends the idea that the economic challenges which Europe faces can only be addressed by collective responseson the basis of the freedom of movement, which should actually be strengthened, not weakened. The freedom of movement is essential for the EU to be able to retain (or even strengthen) its global competitiveness.

Freedom of movement of persons – the building block of European growth