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Early July 2010, the European Commission released the results of a Eurobarometer (European survey) dedicated to geographical and labour market mobility. Among the most interesting findings of the report are the followings:

  • 17% of Europeans envisage working abroad in the future, ranging from 51% in Denmark to just 4% in Italy;
  • 34% of Europeans rate the chance of finding a job abroad better than at home;
  • Unemployment is a key reason to move: 48% of Europeans would consider moving regions or countries for work should they lose their work.

On the same day, the European Commission presented a Communication entitled ‘Reaffirming free movement of workers: rights and major developments’. The objective of the document is to give a full picture of the rights that may claim EU migrant workers, taking into account legislative and case-law developments.