Lingering Effects: Mobility and Border Control in a Post-Pandemic Europe

Published: Spring 2021    |    By:  Ruben Zaiotti  |    Volume 69, No.20



Since the COVID-19 virus became a global health emergency, European governments have introduced various border control measures restricting the mobility of citizens and migrants within its territory. This turn of events is particularly salient in the European context since “freedom of movement” is one of the key pillars of the continent’s integration project. This contribution looks at the future of mobility in a post-pandemic Europe. It will argue that some of the exceptional border measures introduced during the pandemic have become normalized, but will remain the subject of greater scrutiny, and opposition to their deployment will grow. 

About the Author

Ruben Zaiotti (PhD Toronto, Mst Oxford, BA Bologna) is Associate Professor in the Political Science department at Dalhousie University (Canada). He is the Director of the Jean Monnet European Union Centre of Excellence and Jean Monnet Chair in Public Diplomacy. His main areas of interest are European Union politics, public diplomacy, border control and immigration policy, and transatlantic relations. Ruben Zaiotti is the author of the monograph “Cultures of Border Control: Schengen and the Evolution of European Frontiers” with University of Chicago Press and editor of books on migration policy, diplomacy and international organizations, language and globalization.  He has published articles for Review of International Studies, European Security, Journal of European Integration, Journal of Borderland Studies, International Journal of Refugee Law.