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Unequal access to foreign spaces: how states use visa restrictions to regulate mobility in a globalized world

Neumayer, Eric (2006) Unequal access to foreign spaces: how states use visa restrictions to regulate mobility in a globalized world. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 31 (1). pp. 72-84. ISSN 1475-5661

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Abstract

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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Library of Congress subject classification: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Sets: Departments > Geography and Environment
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Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2006
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/715/

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