Labor migration in the European Union: a comparison of the policy preferences of Finnish, Danish and Swedish parliamentary parties 1995-2018

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  • 24 000,00

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Project start date: 01/08/2020

Project end date: 31/07/2021


The focus of my study is on the role of the European Union in the construction of national labor immigration policies, seen through the eyes of political parties and their representatives in the parliaments of the three Nordic EU member states of Denmark, Finland and Sweden. In the main chapters of my dissertation, I go deep into three groups of policies that have all been debated in one way or another in all three countries: transitional arrangements passed in connection to the 2004 and 2007 EU enlargements, labor market testing and the status of posted workers within the labor markets of our studied countries. My primary sources consist mainly of materials produced by the parliaments: plenary debate proceedings, law proposals and MPs’ motions, oral and written questions, and committee materials. Other relevant documents, such as speeches of Nordic representatives in EU institutions and concomitant articles published by both national and international press organizations, are also utilized in order to form a detailed picture of the societal contexts and wider public debate of which my studied cases were a part of. Parliamentary politics is here understood as a cyclical environment where individual policies are time and again decided on and modified following changes in the surrounding societal circumstances. This idea being the foundation of my research, I will employ a methodological toolset that consists of a combination of both comparative history and Wodakian discourse analysis.

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