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Unequal Access to Foreign Spaces: How States Use Visa Restrictions to Regulate Mobility in a Globalised World

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  • Eric Neumayer

    (London School of Economics)

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Nation-states employ visa restrictions to manage the complex trade-off between facilitating the entrance to their territory by passport holders from certain countries for economic and political reasons and deterring individuals from other countries for reasons of perceived security and immigration-control. The resulting system is one of highly unequal access to foreign spaces, reinforcing existing inequalities. Trans- national mobility is encouraged for passport holders from privileged nations, particularly rich Western countries, at the expense of severe restrictions for others. Visa restrictions manifest states’ unfaltering willingness to monitor, regulate and control entrance to their territory in a globalised world.

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Paper provided by EconWPA in its series Labor and Demography with number 0503005.

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Date of creation: 30 Mar 2005
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Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpla:0503005

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Keywords: globalisation; visa restrictions; passport; borderless world; nation-state; mobility;

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  1. Pierre-Louis Vézina, 2010. "Migrant Networks as substitute for institutions: Evidence from Swiss trade," IHEID Working Papers 03-2010, Economics Section, The Graduate Institute of International Studies.
  2. Azam, Jean-Paul & Berlinschi, Ruxanda, 2008. "The Aid-Migration of Trade-Off," IDEI Working Papers 538, Institut d'Économie Industrielle (IDEI), Toulouse.

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