What Should we Expect of 'Erasmus Generations'?

Iain Wilson

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The Erasmus programme promotes student mobility within the EU largely on the assumption that mobile students will become more pro-European. This article presents the results of a panel study of Erasmus students which suggest that, while former Erasmus students may be more pro-European than their peers, this is because students who choose to take part are already more pro-European. The attitudes to Europe and voting preferences of Erasmus students do not seem to diverge from their non-mobile peers while they are abroad. Although the programme may have other benefits, expecting it to create Europhile ‘Erasmus generations’ seems unrealistic.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1113-1140
JournalJCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2011


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