MORALS AND THE RIGHT TO FREE MOVEMENT Insiders, outsiders and Europe's migration crisis

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This article examines the right to free movement in the European Union (EU) and discusses the moral questions related to refugees in light of the current migration context. More specifically, in this article, I discuss the right to free movement in terms of its development into an EU citizenship right and assess the grounds for its validity. I argue that free movement was developed in a manner that puts too much emphasis on external threats coming from outside the EU borders. I also claim that the right to free movement is an exclusive concept that adds to the alienation between EU-citizens and the rest, which is also visible in the ongoing so-called migration crisis.
Original languageEnglish
JournalNordic Journal of Migration Research
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)47-55
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2017
Externally publishedYes
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • right to free movement
  • European Union integration
  • moral theories
  • migration
  • fundamental rights

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