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Minicast Exclusive: Citizenship Inc: History of the Passport

Trump’s hardline policies have all sorts of people asking how our immigration rules got to be so open to abuse – and what alternatives are out there? Is there any country that treats migrants right? And if so, what could we learn from them? Joining Laura to unpack these issues are Atossa Araxia Abrahamian, Senior Editor at The Nation magazine and author of “The Cosmopolites”, a book that focuses on the buying and selling of citizenship and John Torpey, Professor of Sociology and History and Director of the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies at the Graduate Center, of the City Univeristy of New York. He’s also the author of “The Invention of the Passport: Surveillance, Citizenship, and the State” that details the history of the modern passport and why it became so important for controlling movement in the modern world.

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