DAAD project:
Social Security Coordination and Migration

Social Security Coordination and Migration – Recent trends and developments through the comparative law lens: a German-Greek perspective (2020-2022)

EU legislation on social security coordination poses numerous challenges to the institutional structures of Germany’s and Greece’s social security systems. These challenges and possible gaps in law and in practice will be identified and explored in depth by the study group of the German-Greek project, which is financed by DAAD for a 3-year period.



A collaborative research project in the field of comparative social law and European social security law has been established between the University of Applied Sciences Fulda and the Law Faculty of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. The project focusses on building bridges between Germany and Greece within the multiple dimensions of social security coordination (legal, political, administrative). The research questions will be investigated with regard to three pillars (pensioners, workforce, economically inactive persons) and in relation to multiple stages of migration.

One of the project’s aims is to connect the research results to teaching at both universities, thereby promoting learning in an international environment and fostering understanding of different perceptions on social security.

Students and young scholars will be involved in the research work as well. They will work side-by-side with senior researchers, legal practitioners, judges and public administration representatives within the scope of this collaborative project.

The Project Leader, Prof. Dr. Stamatia Devetzi (HS Fulda), will be assisted by Project Coordinator Effrosyni Bakirtzi.




Friday, 4 December 2020
Social security in times of corona from a comparative law perspective

Over the past months, governments around the world have taken substantial steps to mitigate the economic and social impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The current legal discussion raises one major question: Does national law successfully address the problems caused by this extraordinary situation? The conference aims to review both existing and new special regulations introduced in the field of social security law from a comparative law perspective in selected European countries. The legal assessment and analysis of responses of the different national social security systems to the same challenges as well as of the changes in social security protection schemes reveal both common trends and different approaches, which can contribute to the formulation of effective policies and initiatives in the long term.

One focus of our legal comparison are migrant/mobile workers and other vulnerable groups of workers. Social security law generally applies to all insured persons. But are workers in non-standard employment relationships and those in precarious working conditions covered as well? The pandemic has exerted a heavy toll on migrant workers and other groups of workers who are particularly vulnerable in terms of social protection coverage.

The conference will address the legal challenges of social protection for such workers in selected European countries and provide insights into future perspectives within the context of the European Union.


The conference will take place online.

Please submit your request for participation by 1 December 2020. 

A link to the conference will be sent to all registered attendees in due time.

The registration is now closed.


The conference papers will be published in a special issue.


Prof. Dr. Stamatia Devetzi

Social Security Law

Director of the Master’s programme in Social Law and Social Economy

DAAD Project Leader

Social Security Coordination and Migration

Effrosyni Bakirtzi, LL.M. (Frankfurt), LL.M. (Thessaloniki)

DAAD Project Coordinator

Social Security Coordination and Migration


Fulda University of Applied Sciences
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36037 Fulda