04/12/2006

New study on mobility in Europe

A new report published by the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living
and Working Conditions sets out a descriptive analysis of the data collected by
the Eurobarometer Survey (2005).

It examines two key areas of enquiry:

  • geographical mobility and
  • job mobility.

Mobility appears to be not always the result of individual choices. Indeed,
mobility, particularly job mobility, is often found to be a characteristic of
the more vulnerable groups in society. The analysis also shows that
mobility-related decisions are the result of important and often difficult
trade-offs. People attracted by the idea of making a long-distance move report
that they fear the loss of contact and support from family and relatives. It
would also appear that what is good for the EU as a whole ­ greater overall
levels of mobility ­ is not necessarily reflected in how individuals feel about
mobility in their own lives.

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AplusA-online.de - Source: European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions