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Visas and work permits: Possible global negotiating initiatives

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  • Eric Ng

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  • John Whalley

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We discuss global options for initiatives intended to ameliorate adverse impacts of visa and work permit systems used by national governments around the world. We first describe and document some of their effects, noting the relative lack of other research work on these issues. We then discuss proposals for a new and supplemental global visa structure which have been made as part of the Mode 4 GATS negotiations in the WTO, suggesting that the GATS/WTO may be an imperfect institutional location for negotiating on these matters. We then evaluate other approaches, including what realistically could be possible if a new body specifically created for global negotiation in the area were to be used.

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Article provided by Springer in its journal The Review of International Organizations.

Volume (Year): 3 (2008)
Issue (Month): 3 (September)
Pages: 259-285

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Handle: RePEc:spr:revint:v:3:y:2008:i:3:p:259-285

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Keywords: Visa; Work permit; Labour mobility; Global negotiation; F20; F40; F53; F55;

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  1. Robert Lawson & Jayme Lemke, 2012. "Travel visas," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 153(1), pages 17-36, October.
  2. Koessler, Frédéric & Forges, Françoise, 2008. "Long persuasion games," Economics Papers from University Paris Dauphine 123456789/179, Paris Dauphine University.
  3. Heijdra, B.J. & Ligthart, J.E., 2006. "The Transitional Dynamics of Fiscal Policy in Small Open Economies," Open Access publications from Tilburg University urn:nbn:nl:ui:12-199394, Tilburg University.
  4. Jacques Poot & Anna Strutt, 2010. "International Trade Agreements and International Migration," The World Economy, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 33(12), pages 1923-1954, December.

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