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Freedom Of Movement I: The Right To Leave As A Human Right

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This chapter explores the development and the nature of the legal framework regulating the international movement of persons. It focuses on right to leave. The chapter presents an overview of the way in which perceptions on issue of exit have developed over time. It deals with the international legal norms regulating emigration with particular emphasis on the permitted restrictions on the exercise of the right to leave. The chapter also deals with relationship between measures of immigration control and the individual right to leave. It discusses an answer to the question as to why sovereignty has decreased in importance when it comes to matters merely concerning exit. The importance of freedom of movement was confirmed in the Charter of Paris for a New Europe by the Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe, an organisation that originated from the Helsinki process.

Keywords: Europe; freedom of movement; immigration control; legal framework; right to leave; sovereignty



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