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

  • Author(s): Golash-Boza, T;
  • Menjívar, C
  • et al.
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. © 2012 Taylor & Francis.

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