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Migration MattersMobility in a Globalizing World$
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Gurucharan Gollerkeri and Natasha Chhabra

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199464807

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199464807.001.0001

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Migration Rhetoric and Reality

Migration Rhetoric and Reality

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(p.47) 4 Migration Rhetoric and Reality
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Migration Matters
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Gurucharan Gollerkeri

Natasha Chhabra

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199464807.003.0004

The rhetoric of the ‘right to emigrate’ enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is not an illogical or a clumsy attempt to foster mobility of people but in fact is a serious limitation by design. There is a need to dispel the myth of the ‘sense of crises’ that countries in the Global North anticipate. The fear that hordes of the poor might arrive at their gates is unfounded. Data shows that the existing migration reality across various corridors seriously challenges this rhetoric. The ‘selection’ of migrants and increasing securitization of borders has raised the tariff and non-tariff barriers against economic migration. Another reality is that there is a tacit approval of ‘shadow economies’ alongside the rhetoric of the ‘battle against irregular migration’. Finally we also need to recognise the limitations of the existing multilateral agreements especially GATS Mode 4.

Keywords:   human rights, global north, tariff barriers, non-tariff barriers, shadow economy, securitisation, asylum seekers, refugees, family reunification, gats, mobility partnership

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