Faut-il ouvrir les frontières ?
Should we open the borders ?
Updated 3rd edition
Mobility is recognised as an essential factor in human development, yet two thirds of the world's inhabitants cannot circulate freely. As for countries who were once traditionally open to immigration, they have now too closed their doors – or even built walls to protect themselves from migrants.
The negative side effects of closing the borders are manifold. To the victims, and those who have no papers and no rights, we must also add those in refugee camps, the mafia smuggling economy, the economic and demographic deficits linked to lack of mobility, without mentioning the exorbitant costs of closure and expulsion policies.
In the face of the flagrant inequalities of border arrangements, it is time to establish an international diplomacy of migration, and to recognise the universal right to mobility.
Catherine Wihtol de Wenden
Catherine Wihtol de Wenden is a CNRS research director at the Centre for International Research, CERI Sciences Po. She teaches at Sciences Po and at La Sapienza in Rome.
La Question migratoire au XXIe siècle
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3rd edition entirely updated
A genuinely planetary issue, long neglected amongst major world questions, migration transforms and affects international relations, and redefines state sovereignty. In particular it testifies as to the urgent need for a new diplomacy incorporating its global and regional governance.
Faut-il ouvrir les frontières ?Should we open up our borders?
This work represents a call for a right to free circulation and an international diplomacy of migrations.
La question migratoire au XXIe siècle
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