Research Handbook on European Social Security Law
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Research Handbook on European Social Security Law

Edited by Frans Pennings and Gijsbert Vonk

This Handbook encompasses four dimensions of European social security law: social security as a human right, standard setting in social security, the protection of mobile persons and migrants and the global context of European social security law. It pays attention to both EU law and to various instruments of the Council of Europe. In 25 chapters prominent experts analyse contemporary debates, discuss new challenges and point out further lines of research. Through this exploration, the Handbook provides a source of inspiration for the development of this special field of law.
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Chapter 17: Social security protection of migrants from outside Europe

Gijsbert Vonk


The purpose of this chapter is to discuss how EU law can help to bridge the gap in migrant workers’ social security protection by facilitating the protection of rights of persons moving in and out of the EU. How does EU social security law impact upon the legal position of these persons and what are the strategic options for realising further improvements? A number of options are discussed, varying from adopting unilateral protective standards to signing up to the major global instruments on the protection of migrant workers. In between these options, some attention is paid to the possibility of linking up regional co-ordination standards, establishing an EU-Ibero-American pact.

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