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International Migration, Border Controls and Human Rights: Assessing the Relevance of a Right to Mobility

Antoine Pécoud, Paul De Guchteneire

Abstract


This article discusses the arguments in favor of and against a right to mobility. It argues that contemporary migration and border policies are largely restrictive but still fail to meet their proclaimed objectives which call for alternative approaches to international human flows. From a human rights perspective, tight border controls are accompanied by major challenges; including trafficking, the asylum crisis, and the death and vulnerability of irregular migrants; which ultimately threaten the moral foundations of liberal democracies. In this context, a right to mobility may constitute a relevant answer and the article examines the implications of such a right in terms of world justice, social cohesion, economic wealth, security, and border/migration governance.

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Print ISSN: 0886-5655
Online ISSN: 2159-1229

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