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The global mobility divide: How visa policies have evolved over time.

Mau, Steffen, Gulzau, Fabian, Laube, Lene and Zaun, Natascha ORCID: 0000-0002-0436-6275 (2015) The global mobility divide: How visa policies have evolved over time. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 41 (8). pp. 1192-1213. ISSN 1369-183X

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Identification Number: 10.1080/1369183X.2015.1005007


While visa policies are the major instrument for regulating and controlling the global flow of people, little is known about how they have changed over time. Accordingly, scholars have expressed the need for large-N datasets which cover more than one point in time. This article takes up this challenge and presents a for the first time a global overview of the changes in visa waiver policies based on a newly created database containing the visa waiver policies of over 150 countries for 1969 and 2010. We find that, on average, visa-free mobility has in-creased over the past 40 years. However, not everybody has benefited from these develop-ments. In fact, visa waivers are increasingly unequally divided: While citizens of OECD countries and rich countries have gained mobility rights, mobility rights for other regions have stagnated or even diminished, in particular for citizens from African countries. Overall, we find a clear bifurcation in mobility rights, leading to a ‘global mobility divide’.

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Additional Information: © 2015 Taylor & Francis
Divisions: European Institute
Subjects: J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2017 08:45
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 02:10
Funders: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft

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