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Colombia will offer citizenship to the children of Venezuelan refugees. Currently, Colombian birthright citizenship is conditional, it requires one of the parents to be a citizen or a legal resident.
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Saudi Arabia lifts travel restrictions on women, grants them for the first time the right to register child birth, marriage or divorce and to be issued official family documents and be eligible as a guardian to children who are minors...

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Trends in Travel Freedom: The Effect of Travel Freedom on Economic Growth and Democracy

by Uğur Altundal and Ömer Zarpli

Over the past decade, travel freedom has expanded precipitously thanks to the rising number of bilateral visa-waiver agreements and unilateral decisions implemented by governments. In 2006, a citizen, on average, could travel to 58 destinations without needing a visa from the host nation; by 2018, this number had nearly doubled to 107. Yet despite the important progress made in overall global mobility, there remains a significant ‘global mobility divide’, with some passports much more powerful than others.

Read more (in Global Citizenship Review)


Saving Juan Manuel Santos

On October 7th, 2016, the Nobel committee awarded Colombia’s el presidente, Juan Manuel Santos, the Nobel Peace Prize. It was only five days after the peace referendum in Colombia which was rejected by 50.2% of the valid vote. Having been underestimating the concerns of the “no” camp, Santos was criticized; some Colombian intellectuals even raised their voices and expected him to resign. Thanks to the Nobel Peace Prize, however, Santos comes out of the crisis stronger. He will most likely strengthen his hand against the leader of “no” campaign, former President Álvaro Uribe, as well as against the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

Read more (in Huffington Post)

Ranked: The World's Least Powerful Passports in 2019

Our research with Omer Zarpli has been was cited in the Newsweek article "Ranked: The World's Least Powerful Passports in 2019." "Despite the important progress made in overall global mobility," Altundal and co-author Omer Zarpli write in their contribution to Henley and Partners annual report on global mobility, "there remains a significant ‘global mobility divide’, with some passports much more powerful than others." 01/11/19

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U.S.-Turkey Visa Suspension

In October 2017, I was interviewed by Gabe Stern from the Daily Orange regarding the US and Turkey visa suspension.

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