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Regional mobility spaces? Visa waiver policies and regional intergration.

Gulzau, Fabian, Mau, Steffan and Zaun, Natascha ORCID: 0000-0002-0436-6275 (2016) Regional mobility spaces? Visa waiver policies and regional intergration. International Migration, 54 (6). pp. 164-180. ISSN 0020-7985

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Identification Number: 10.1111/imig.12286


Visa policies today are a central instrument for filtering wanted and unwanted types of travellers, leading to a hierarchy of mobility rights. While there is evidence of a “global mobility divide”, we still know little about the role of regional integration when it comes to the distribution of mobility rights and the (re)structuring of mobility spaces. Against this background, the paper examines the structure of visa relations in different bodies of regional integration (EU, MERCOSUR, ASEAN, ECOWAS, EAC, NAFTA, SADC and SICA). In this article, we compare visa policies in the member states of these institutions in 1969 and 2010 from a social network perspective. While one would generally expect each institution’s member states to become more similar with regard to both internal and external mobility regulations, we find that not all regional clusters align their visa policies. Potential explanations for this state of affairs are investigated.

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Additional Information: © 2016 The Authors. International Migration.
Divisions: European Institute
Subjects: J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2017 08:07
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 02:26
Funders: German Science Foundation, University of Bremen

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