Introducing Erasmus

  • David Cairns
  • Ewa Krzaklewska
  • Valentina Cuzzocrea
  • Airi-Alina Allaste


This book takes a look at the recent history of the European Commission’s Erasmus programme, charting its development in terms of participation, geographical scope and levels of financial investment. In the opening chapter, we look at different theoretical perspectives relating to this form of intra-European circulation, including the role of Erasmus in establishing a culture of free movement between European Union member states and neighbouring countries. We also consider recent developments, such as changes in the programme's ethos during the current 'Erasmus+' phase of the intitiative, including responses to the youth unemployment crisis and the recent influx of refugees from outside Europe into the EU.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Cairns
    • 1
  • Ewa Krzaklewska
    • 2
  • Valentina Cuzzocrea
    • 3
  • Airi-Alina Allaste
    • 4
  1. 1.ISCTE-University Institute of LisbonLisbonPortugal
  2. 2.Jagiellonian UniversityKrakowPoland
  3. 3.University of CagliariCagliariItaly
  4. 4.Tallinn UniversityTallinnEstonia

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