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Immigration controls and free movement in Europe

30-09-2009 Article, International Review of the Red Cross, No. 875, by 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.

  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).  


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