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When a new country joins the EU, does free movement apply straight away?

When new countries join the EU, existing member states have in general been allowed to apply restrictions on the free movement rights of citizens from new member states for a transitional period. For example, although Bulgaria and Romania joined in 2007, their citizens did not acquire full rights to work in the UK, which was then still a member state, until 2014.

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