The Controversial EU Concept of Integration

Integration is one of the major challenges posed to the European Union and it is even more so in light of the millions of refugees displaced by the war in Ukraine just in the last year. But increasingly, the existing EU legal and policy framework supports a controversial concept of integration: it allows and encourages […]

Borders of rich and poor countries have abundant cross-border traffic infrastructure, new global dataset reveals

A new global dataset on cross-border roads, paths, railroads, and ferries reveals that borders of very rich and very poor countries have ample cross-border traffic infrastructure, much more so than middle-income countries. Why is this the case? Our new study explores this counterintuitive pattern and potential explanations. From border fortification to cross-border traffic infrastructure Borders […]

Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose: the puzzling “status quo tendency“ in EU migration policy

In many ways, a lot has changed in migration policy in the European Union in the past few decades. There were far reaching institutional changes that resulted from the Lisbon Treaty and an expansive shift to multi-level, and cross-sectorial governance. These changes brought in a diverse set of (private and public) actors and ideas into […]

How Can Previous Public Health Emergencies Help Us Understand the COVID-19 Travel Restrictions?

Authors:  Lorenzo Piccoli (EUI), Jelena Džankić (EUI), Didier Ruedin (University of Neuchatel), and Timothy Jacob-Owens (EUI and University of Edinburgh). Acknowledgment: This research is a collaboration between GLOBALCIT, the Migration Policy Centre, and the NCCR on the move and is concurrently being posted on these platforms. Every government in the world introduced restrictions to human mobility in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. […]