“Mobile Welfare in a Transnational Europe: An Analysis of Portability Regimes of Social Security Rights” (TRANSWEL) (Starting date: 1 Feb 2015, duration: 42 months)

This international comparative and interdisciplinary project is conducted by researchers based in four countries. It addresses one of the most important and controversial issues in the European Union today: the social rights of EU citizens from the new EU member states who move to live and/or work in the old member states. The project is funded by New Opportunities for Research Funding Agency Cooperation in Europe (NORFACE, http://www.norface.net. Find also some additional information on: https://welfarestatefutures.org/).

Empirically, the project traces the migration of regularly and irregularly employed migrants and their family members, and the transfer of their social security rights between four pairs of countries: Hungary–Austria, Bulgaria–Germany, Poland–United Kingdom and Estonia–Sweden. It examines the social rights of mobile citizens in policy and in practice; the ways in which mobile EU citizens experience, organize and manage their welfare transnationally; and the consequences for the patterning of inequality among EU citizens.

The project involves four teams of researchers, respectively based at the Brandenburg Unversity of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg (Anna Amelina, overall project lead), University of Vienna (lead: Elisabeth Scheibelhofer), Södertörn University (Ann Runfors) and University of Bath (Emma Carmel).