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Pioneers of European Integration

Citizenship and Mobility in the EU

Edited by Ettore Recchi and Adrian Favell

The free movement of EU citizens is the most visible sociological consequence of the remarkable process of European integration that has transformed the continent since the Second World War. Pioneers of European Integration offers the first systematic analysis of the small but symbolically potent number of Europeans who have chosen to live and work as foreigners in another member state of the EU. Based on an original survey of 5000 people moving to and from the EU’s five largest countries, the book documents the demographic profile, migration choices, cultural adaptation, social mobility, political participation and media use of these pioneers of a transnational Europe, as well as opening a window to the new waves of intra-EU East–West migrations.
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Appendix C: External Movers’ Experiences of Migration and Integration into the EU15: Interview Guideline


Background: ● European Union-financed research project on mobility in Europe ● Interviews with EU citizens moving from one EU country to another and with citizens from accession countries moving into the EU (Britain, Germany, France, Spain, Italy) ● How do migrants make sense of their migration experience? Which are the barriers hindering successful migration and integration? Interview Objectives: ● To understand external movers’ rationales for migrating into the EU ● To gain insight into what ‘successful’ and ‘unsuccessful’ migratory experiences might look like ● To get an idea of the issues furthering or hampering integration of external movers into EU host societies ● To trace migrants’ problem-solving strategies, be it with regards to institutions, the labour market or private life ● To explore issues relating to migrant identity, especially identification with Europe and the European Union ● To assemble cues for policy-advice on making migration more successful (match expectations with reality, provide institutional support for integration, etc.) A NOTE ON THE SELECTION OF INTERVIEWEES ● The selection of interviewees is carried out by the interviewers via Polish/Romanian cultural associations, expat magazines, websites, 289 290 Pioneers of European integration ● churches and so on. Friends and family of the interviewer are not eligible for interview. Before carrying out the interview, the interviewers have to discuss the profile of the selected individuals with the local PIONEUR team and get their ‘ok’. INTERVIEWEE PROFILE ● ● ● Four Polish nationals and four Romanian nationals who ● are legal residents of one of the PIONEUR host countries (France, Spain, Britain, Germany, Italy) ● have been permanently residing in host country...

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