Free movement of students and the protection of national educational interests: reflections on Bressol and Chaverot

A.P. van der Mei*

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Free movement of students is one of EU law's most important achievements, but it cannot be denied that its beneficiaries are in fact free-riders who enjoy education to the financing of which they do not significantly contribute. The legitimacy of EU law is at stake when it condones situations in which 50%, 60%, 70% and sometimes even more of the chairs in lecture halls and classrooms are occupied by non-resident students. Bressol and Chaverot demonstrates that the ECJ has an eye on national educational interests, but suggests that these can only justify restrictions on non-residents' access in exceptional circumstances.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)123-134
Number of pages12
JournalEuropean Journal of Migration and Law
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2011


  • EU citizenship
  • admission policies
  • numerus clauses
  • public health
  • student mobility

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