Jeopardizing mobile EU people’s health right? Experiences of young Southern Europeans in Germany

The growing body of work on freedom of movement and intra-EU mobility (Favell, 2008; Recchi, 2015) has barely explored concerns and arrangements about the health needs of young Europeans who move to another European country as well as how can health concerns drive and transform the mobility projects of young Europeans. Drawing from an ethnographic study with Southern Europeans in three Länder of Germany, this paper explores the health needs and experiences of young Europeans in an effort to theories the role of health needs and existing health care arrangements for intra-EU migration. We build on transnational methodological approach to shed new light on the health experiences and practices of young Southern Europeans who move to Germany to work only to discover that they have limited health coverage. Following the economic crisis and the growing Welfare Chauvinism (Lafleur and Stanek, 2017), there were ample changes in the Southern European states health insurances for citizens who reside abroad as well as in Germany. Findings highlight the subjectivity of European citizens to bricolage health care provisions at destination, origin and in the market (Phillimore et al., 2018). While those with more generous health coverage in home countries prefer to meet their health needs at home, those with limited coverage experience a sense of betrayal, question their decision to move, speak of a failure of EU to provide such rights to EU citizens and assume their migrant condition.

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