Labour mobility in transnational Europe: between depletion, mitigation and citizenship entitlements harm

Ania Plomien, Gregory Schwartz

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This article examines how transnational labour mobility in combined and uneven Europe has emerged as a critical response to the problems of capitalist production and social reproduction. Analysing the interconnected mobilities of workers between Ukraine, Poland and the UK in the food production, care provision and housing construction sectors, the article examines how states benefit from lower unemployment and reduced labour shortages, employers profit from qualified and reliable workers, and households gain access to jobs and incomes. It argues that transnational labour mobility is constitutive the inherently interdependent production-reproduction processes. In this constellation, transnational labour mobility becomes a form of mitigation against depletion through social reproduction. It further argues that such a mitigation strategy is, however, unbalanced and unsustainable, as its costs and benefits are unequally distributed, forestalling resource inflows that could attenuate outflows. Therefore, harms, in particular the harm to citizenship entitlements, emerge despite labour mobility mitigating against depletion.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Journal of Politics and Gender
Early online date16 Apr 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 16 Apr 2020

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Structured keywords

  • Migration Mobilities Bristol
  • Perspectives on Work
  • Global Political Economy
  • MGMT theme Work Futures
  • MGMT theme Global Political Economy
  • MGMT Work Organisation and Public Policy


  • labour mobility
  • social reproduction
  • depletion
  • citizenship
  • gender
  • harm


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