This book interpretively investigates the institutional consequences of such different viewpoints. As such, this study opens the way for a better understanding of free movement, showing how language shapes our view of what movement is, how those perceptions differ between governmental authorities and what the institutional consequences are. By a discursive analytical approach, this book identifies the importance of ‘migration’ and ‘mobility’ discourses in the language of intra-European movement politics. Combining social and political theory with detailed empirical analysis, the author illustrates the dynamics of intra-EU movement discourses between the European Commission, the Dutch national government and the municipalities of Rotterdam and The Hague. He shows that what migration or mobility is depends first and foremost on how such a phenomenon is discursively defined. Consequently, whether migration or mobility appear as problem or solution should be seen as the outcome of a discursive struggle over the definition and meaning of intra-European movement.

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Erasmus University Rotterdam

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