Free movement of persons (living and working in the EEA)


The principle of free movement of persons is one of the cornerstones of the EEA-wide Internal Market. It means that EEA citizens have the right to travel, live, study and work or set up businesses in other EEA States.

The aim of the principle of free movement of persons is to eliminate discrimination based on nationality and to simplify administrative procedures, so as to create a Europe in which people are encouraged to move and reside freely.

To ensure the respect of the principle of free movement, important secondary legislation has been adopted concerning a range of issues, including:

  • residence in other EEA States
  • equal treatment in the employment market
  • mutual recognition of professional qualifications
  • co-ordination of rules in the field of social security

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