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The Legal Position of Third-Country Nationals: Social Security Rights

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This chapter contributes to answering the questions: how a privileged legal position of a third-country national holding a certain nationality differs from a "non-privileged" one, by focusing on the specific field of social security. It explains how social security issues are regulated for nationals of third countries, how different regimes function for nationals holding a specific nationality and how the Court of Justice has created a solid foundation that has clarified the social security position of individuals within the scope of some of such legal regimes. Social security protection of third-country workers and their family members in the EU is vital for ensuring their well-being and for promoting their integration process in the host country. Such protection provides for a "social safety net" because it covers risks that individuals may face in the case of social hardship and poverty which can caused by various circumstances, such as unemployment and disease.

Keywords: Court of Justice of the European Union; disease; privileged legal position; social security protection; third-country national; unemployment



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