Since the 1950’s the free movement of people has been one of the major goals of European integration. Broadly defined, this freedom enables citizens of one Member State to travel to another, to reside and to work there (permanently or temporarily). The idea behind EU legislation in this field is that citizens from other member states should be treated equally with domestic ones – they should not be discriminated against. With the current austerity measures in a lot of European countries and high unemployment there has been a movement to more bouyant countries in particular Germany. See graph below from WSJ Graphics.