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The Progressive Policy Think Tank

Freedom of movement in the EU: where next?

As the negotiations on free movement get underway, this event will discuss how to move the debate on free movement forward and will explore whether there is any scope for reforming the current system.

This event launches the book Global Migration: Old Assumptions, New Dynamics, co-edited by Dr Diego Acosta Arcarazo from the University of Bristol and Dr Anja Wiesbrock, judicial advisor at the Research Council of Norway.

Panel 1: The wider context: free movement in Europe

Chaired by Mary Dejevsky (chief editorial writer and columnist, Independent)


  • Marie-Hélène Boulanger (Head of Unit: Union citizenship rights and free movement, European Commission)
  • Sergio Carrera (Senior research fellow, Centre for European Policy Studies and Associate Professor, University of Maastricht, Faculty of Law)
  • Professor Andrew Geddes (Professor of Politics, Sheffield University)
  • Mark Leonard (Director, European Council on Foreign Relations)

Panel 2: The politics of free movement

Chaired by John Peet (Europe Editor, Economist)


  • Richard Corbett (MEP)
  • Phoebe Griffith (Associate Director for Migration, Integration and Communities, IPPR)
  • Professor Steve Peers (Research Associate, New Europeans and Professor of EU Law and Human Rights Law, Essex University)
  • Laura Sandys (Chair, European Movement, former MP)

This event is in partnership with PolicyBristol at The University of Bristol

This event is by invitation only. To confirm attendance, please email Marley Morris (details below).