Causes and consequences of international migration: Sociological evidence for the right to mobility

Tanya Golash-Boza, Cecilia Menjívar

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Abstract

Human rights declarations provide the right for any person to leave their country, yet do not provide the right to enter another country, stopping halfway in asserting a right to mobility. In this article we provide evidence that 1) state policies and actions create migration flows; 2) migrants often travel to fulfil their human rights; and 3) current restrictions on immigration curtail migrants' human rights. We argue, based on sociological evidence, that the right to mobility is a fundamental human right, and deserves a place in human rights doctrine.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1213-1227
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Human Rights
Volume16
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2012

Keywords

  • Family separation
  • Globalisation
  • Human rights
  • Interdependence of human rights
  • International migration
  • Right to mobility

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law

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