A “Passport to Freedom”? COVID-19 and the Re-bordering of the World

Tazzioli, Martina. 2021. A “Passport to Freedom”? COVID-19 and the Re-bordering of the World. European Journal of Risk Regulation, 12(2), 355 -361. ISSN 1867-299X [Article]

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This paper argues that COVID-19 has triggered a multiplication of heterogeneous bordering mechanisms that, far from stopping movement as such, have enhanced hierarchies of mobility. In particular, it shows that a confinement continuum has been put in place in the name of the “contain to protect” principle: migrants have been subjected to protracted lockdown measures in the name of their own protection. The piece concludes by interrogating how to rearticulate critique in COVID times in light of the enforcement of discriminatory “passports to freedom” (COVID-19 travel certificates).

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This article has been published in a revised form in the European Journal of Risk Regulation [https://doi.org/10.1017/err.2021.31]. This version is published under a Creative Commons CC-BY-NC-ND. No commercial re-distribution or re-use allowed. Derivative works cannot be distributed. © The Author(s), 2021.


COVID-19, border controls, hierarchies of mobility

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10 June 2021Accepted
18 August 2021Published Online

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17 Sep 2021 10:16

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17 Sep 2021 10:16

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