Mobile European citizens have been repeatedly alleged to represent a burden on national welfare systems. Nevertheless, this might not emerge to be the case when one considers real data. Leaving public misperceptions about migration aside, this article points out the pros and cons of EU free movement for national welfare budgets.
«An alternative view of non-homogenizing integration needs to put the emphasis on the historical, psychological and social characteristics of a plural Europe. This should translate into policy programming reconciling unity and diversity by means of an inclusive political pact of the member states involved.»