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This introductory chapter provides an overview of the book. Most discussions of migration take place against a background assumption, often unstated, that people have and ought to have a legal right to internal freedom of movement, but not to freedom of movement across state borders. There is one important and widely recognized qualification to this general assumption. The European Union grants citizens of member states a right to internal freedom of movement within the European Union, a right that is normally seen as comparable to the rights people have to internal freedom of movement within states. As Willem Maas points out in his opening chapter, the sorts of considerations that often incline states to restrict immigration can emerge whenever there are distinct jurisdictions with important responsibilities for taxation and the delivery of services.

Keywords:European Union; freedom movement; migration; Willem Maas



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