folder VI.2.3.3 Visas

Main Debates

Are visas a mechanism to move border control beyond the physical border?

Do asylum seekers have a right to a visa even if they are in their country of origin?

Immigration control v. human rights protection


Main Points

Content of EU visa rules, particularly visa list and visa format

Connections between visa rules and asylum issues



Editor’s Note


Note the imposition of visas on every country producing large numbers of refugees/asylum-seekers and the inevitable impact on the likelihood that they will enter illegally and/or use facilitators for smuggling them in. Readers should recall Article 31 of the 1951 Geneva Convention.