Paper - ECON 327 Prof. Wei Ge 27 November 2006 EU...

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ECON 327 Prof. Wei Ge 27 November 2006 EU Enlargement and Labor Migration: Is it a Big Concern? The European Union was founded in 1957 with the intention of unifying Europe in a political, economic, and legislative organization. However, the idea of a common market and free labor migration has raised concerns within the EU. EU-15 states (mostly Western European states, all members prior to the 2004 enlargement), due much to reports broadcast on various media outlets, feared that open labor migration from the EU-8 (member states, except Cyprus and Malta, that were part of the 2004 enlargement) would hurt their economies and domestic labor force. This project helped to increase my understanding of the reality of the effects of labor migration instead of just relying on media propaganda. If one were only to consider media reports about the possible effects of labor migration, it seems as though it was inevitable that a flood of low-wage, low-skilled workers from the EU-8 into the EU-15. This anticipated surge of
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This note was uploaded on 04/14/2008 for the course ECON 327 taught by Professor Ge during the Fall '06 term at Bucknell.

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