Challenges facing free movement in the European Union

Online conference, organized by Republikon and European Liberal Forum


Challenges facing free movement in the European Union

Republikon Intézet

Immigration into the European Union is undoubtedly became a major political issue in recent years. A new development since 2015 was the migration issue as a central political campaign topic in old and new member states as well. However, while immigration into the European Union is widely discussed, internal migration within the EU is a neglected issue in pan-European debates. Eastern countries suffer from brain-drain, and the western countries couldn’t handle the consequences of the internal migration. This was one of the main reasons why Great-Britain left the European Union this year.

As a consequence, the tendencies of the internal migration will change in the upcoming years. What can we learn from the past decade? How could we manage the internal migration in the continent? Should the regulation stricter or more liberal? How will the Brexit effect the labor market?

The aim of the conference is to understand the tensions in new and old member states caused by the free movement of workers. Here the most important areas are the labor market, education, research and welfare benefits.


10:00 Opening remarks
Marco Mariani, Board Member, ELF

10:10 Presentations and roundtable-discussion: The impact of internal migration in the countries of the European Union
Carmen Descamps, researcher
Marco Mariani, European Affairs Director, Fondazione Luigi Einaudi
Andrea Virág, Director of Strategy, Republikon

Moderator: Dániel Mikecz, Republikon

Technical informations:
• The event will be streamed on the Republikon Facebook Page
• The audience will also be able to register to participate in the Zoom conference.
• You can register here:
• We will provide more information about the Zoom room and the registration in the days before the conference via email


This event is organised by Republikon and the European Liberal Forum with the financial support of the European Parliament.

Neither the European Parliament nor the European Liberal Forum are responsible for the content, or for any use that may be made of it.