Think Mobility Instead of Migration: Leveraging Visitors, Tourists and Students for More International Cooperation

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The Model International Mobility Convention (MIMC) squarely addresses the reality that there is relatively little international cooperation to regulate the movement of people across international borders. While there is a well-established international refugee regime, there is no comparable international labor migration regime. States have increasingly engaged in discussions of international cooperation on migration at the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) and other international fora. However, existing international agreements do not involve significant commitments on the part of a majority of the world’s States to accept labor migration. They do not add up to a regime facilitating the international movement of labor similar to the international trade regime based on the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT).

Rey Koslowski, Think Mobility Instead of Migration: Leveraging Visitors, Tourists and Students for More International Cooperation, 56 Colum. J. Transnat'l L. 263 (2018).