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Changes and Challenges of Cross-border Mobility within the European Union

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Edited By Trine Lund Thomsen

This book presents the results of the MIDA-project – the impact of labour migra-tion from the Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries to the Danish labour market. In addition, it includes chapters that focus on labour mobility in other EU countries. The project stems from collaboration between researchers from the former CoMID (the Research Center for the Study of Migration and Diversity) at Aalborg University and the Department of Occupational Medicine at the Regional Hospital West Jutland.
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This book is a result of the MIDA project (2013–2018) on the impact of labour migration from the Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries to the Danish labour market. The project stems from collaboration between researchers from the former CoMID (the Research Centre for the Study of Migration and Diversity) at Aalborg University and the Department of Occupational Medicine at the Regional Hospital West Jutland. The project was supported by grants from the Danish Working Environment Authority.

The majority of the chapters in this book (Chapters 1, 5, 6, 8 and 9) are directly based on the MIDA project and take their departure in a Danish context, although Chapter 1 gives a general introduction to the mobility in Europe. Chapter 5 deals with the significance of affiliation to the Danish labour market and linked lives for outmigration patterns for European immigrants in Denmark. Chapter 6 discusses work environment and health among migrant workers. Chapter 8 shows how migrants accumulate and convert their skills through cleaning and construction jobs in Denmark. Chapter 9 examines migrant workers’ experience of precarious working life and conditions in the Danish Labour Market.

The remaining chapters (Chapters 2, 3, 4 and 7) originate in papers presented on workshops and a conference hosted by the MIDA project. These chapters present research from the UK on the British print medias’ portrayal of Bulgarians and Romanians as migrants stealing jobs and benefits in the UK (Chapter 2). From Sweden, a study on...

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