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Portability of student support: the residence requirement

Reuvers, Shirin (2010) Portability of student support: the residence requirement.

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Abstract:The following thesis provides a contribution to earlier research done on student support systems in the European Union. By analyzing the development of the European Union’s policy on student support systems over time, it strives to answer the question “To what extend is the Dutch residence requirement for portability of student support in line or not with the European Commission’s policies and Community law on student mobility?" This question arises due to the recent claim of the European Commission that the Dutch residence requirement for students to receive portable student support is not in line with the non-discrimination principle of the European Union. Conducting a qualitative analysis on earlier ECJ case law on student mobility, it investigates the development of the European Union’s use of the non-discrimination principle. This principle, anchored in the Treaty establishing the European Community, is used by the European Commission in order to gain influence on national student support systems. In addition an analysis of possible ways to organize student support is presented. A qualitative analysis, involving surveys with the ministries of education of all those European countries who already implemented portable student support, shows that all countries included a residence requirement similar to the Dutch one. It concludes that those residence requirements are essentially designed to prevent unintended use of the portable student systems by students who do not have a link with the countries.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:European Studies BSc (56627)
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