Re-Thinking Legal and Factual Barriers in the Internal Market
Edited by Sybe de Vries, Elena Ioriatti, Paolo Guarda and Elisabetta Pulice
Chapter 10: Economic implications of linguistic pluralism within the European Union
Differences in income per capita levels and unemployment rates are some of the main incentives for migration. They currently exist within the European Union (EU) and they have even intensified due to the economic recession and the functioning of the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU). Additionally, the EU has included the free movement of persons and workers in treaties as European citizens’ rights, and has issued several directives and regulations in order to promote a greater degree of mobility. However, labour mobility within the EU is scarce in practice. When looking at the remaining obstacles restricting the free movement of workers, linguistic diversity is among them. Due to its restrictive effect on labour mobility, the unfavourable economic impact of linguistic pluralism brings the improvement of language policies in the EU to the forefront.
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