EU Citizenship and Mobility: A Less Than Perfect Partnership

  • Nora SiklodiEmail author
Part of the Politics of Citizenship and Migration book series (POCM)


This chapter provides a close empirical study of senses of mobile European Union (EU) citizenship using original focus group evidence with young and highly educated citizens. The chapter illustrates that in the best-case scenario—in Sweden—EU citizenship is seen as something for the future. Its current model as apparent today is often deemed as inherently exclusive, fragmented and temporary. EU citizenship seems only relevant to a small group of potential citizens who can already afford to move. Even then, it prevails while citizens are moving but only within certain contexts—preferably in Eurosceptic national contexts—while it is likely to lose its significance once EU citizens settle in the host country or return home. These conditions seem to render EU participation not only non-existent but perhaps even irrelevant.


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  1. 1.Politics and International RelationsUniversity of PortsmouthPortsmouthUK
  2. 2.Visiting Fellow in Democracy and Citizenship in EducationNorwegian University of Science and TechnologyTrondheimNorway

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