Odysseus member, Professor Thomas Spijkerboer, publishes new article on the Global Mobility Infrastructure in the European Journal of Migration and Law

Professor Thomas Spijkerboer has published a new article: “The Global Mobility Infrastructure: Reconceptualising the Externalisation of Migration Control”, Volume 20: Issue 4 in European Journal of Migration and Law.


Since the end of the Cold War, migration law and policy of the global North has been characterised by externalisation, privatisation and securitisation. These developments have been conceptualised as denying access to migrants and as politics of non-entrée. This article proposes to broaden the analysis, and to analyse unwanted migration as merely one form of international human mobility by relying on the concept of the global mobility infrastructure. The global mobility infrastructure consists of the physical structures, services and laws that enable some people to move across the globe with high speed, low risk, and at low cost. People who have no access to it travel slowly, with high risk and at high cost. Within the global mobility infrastructure, travellers benefit from advanced forms of international law. For the excluded, international law reflects and embodies their exclusion before, during and after their travel to the global North. Exclusion is based on nationality, race, class and gender. The notion of the global mobility infrastructure allows for questioning the way in which international law reproduces these forms of stratification.


Read the article in full here.

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