Immigration controls and free movement in Europe

30 September 2009 Didier Bigo

Effective control of cross-border activities is nearly impossible in market-economy regimes which have to keep their borders open to goods, capital and services. This article exposes the tensions between a legal system predicated on openness and a groundswell of security-driven rhetoric justifying coercive and ostracizing practices against foreigners.

About the author

Didier Bigo
Professor at King’s College London’s Department of War Studies, Professor of International Relations

Didier Bigo is currently a part-time professor at King’s College London’s Department of War Studies, Professor of International Relations (Maître de conférences des universités) at Sciences-Po Paris, and a researcher at Centre d’études et de recherches internationales (CERI-FNSP).