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Centre of Migration Research

Solange Maslowski. 2015.

The Expulsion of European Union Citizens from the Host Member State: Legal Grounds and Practice


Central and Eastern European Migration Review, Vol. 4, No. 2, 2015 | pages: 61-85

Link: Central and Eastern European Migration Review, Vol. 4, No. 2, 2015, pp. 61-85


The last decade has witnessed the development of a growing phenomenon, the expulsion of European Union (EU) citizens from a host Member State. While the EU encourages its citizens to use their fundamental right of freedom of movement, citizens moving to other Member States continue to encounter legal obstacles, in some cases leading to expulsion. Recently, there has even been strong political pressure in some Member States to reconsider the benefits of the principle of free movement, which has been built progressively since the foundation of the European Community. This restrictive approach has arisen against the background of the global economic crisis, which occurred just after the enlargement of the EU to economically poorer countries of Central and Eastern Europe, leading to more nationalistic and protectionist measures, which have legal consequences for EU citizens on the move. This article analyses the legal grounds for expulsion under EU law and the safeguards that protect EU citizens residing in host Member States. Examples of expulsions from Member States in recent years are noted, and possible ways of overcoming current issues are proposed


expulsion; EU citizens; social tourism; free movement of persons; restrictions