The global human mobility architecture

Authored by: Raquel Freitas

Routledge Handbook of International Organization

Print publication date:  May  2013
Online publication date:  June  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415501439
eBook ISBN: 9780203405345
Adobe ISBN: 9781134112982


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Human mobility has increased exponentially over the centuries. However, mobility is not synonymous with access to other territories. The state-centric international structure has imposed limits on human mobility, even as global means of communication shorten distances dramatically. At the same time, states are finding it more difficult to control their borders and to respond to security concerns while respecting individual rights. The increasing complexity of the flows and international responses to them introduces ambiguity among norms and interests, and generates conflict between the rights of refugees and migrants, on the one hand, and the interests of the states managing migration, on the other.

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