Border enforcement, migration controls, and mobility practices


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. […]

Free movement in South America: the emergence of an alternative model?

by Diego Acosta   Over the last 15 years, South American governments and regional organisations have adopted an expansive discourse about migration that entails welcoming all migrants and promoting the free movement rights of foreigners. At a time when the European Union (EU) free movement regime has suffered a major setback with the United Kingdom […]

Inside San Diego’s Otay Mesa detention centre

by Diego Acosta Although much of my research focuses on legal aspects of undocumented migration, I’d never visited a detention centre for irregular migrants. So when the opportunity arose in May this year to see inside the Otay Mesa detention facility near San Diego (where a Russian citizen had died just days before), I couldn’t […]

How feasible is the EU’s Planned ‘War on Smuggling’ in Libya?

The EU’s planned anti-smuggling military operation in Libya stands on fragile ground, both legally and politically. EU politicians, inspired by the UN Security Council’s 2008 anti-piracy resolution and the EU’s Operation ATALANTA, speak optimistically. However, as I argue in a recent post ‘The Legal and Political Feasibility of the EU’s Planned ‘War on Smuggling’ in […]