• Federica InfantinoEmail author


The visa—an authorization to cross borders—is a recent invention. The history of visas is strictly interrelated to the constitution of modern nation-states. The Schengen visa is noticeable since it is issued by one state, but it authorizes entry in an area of more than one nation-state, in which internal frontiers have been lifted. The Schengen visa has been analyzed as a policy instrument of European migration control. However, the day-to-day implementation in comparative perspective remained a ‘black box’. This study focuses on the implementation of EU visa policy in the consulates of Belgium, France, and Italy in Morocco. It does so in original manners. First, it uses a ‘comprehensive implementation approach’ by taking account of the local, national, and supranational locations of Schengen visa policy-making. Second, it builds on in-depth pioneering fieldwork and a comparative research design that includes those three locations. The research design has determined the evolving of the puzzle and the realizing of the unanticipated: Cross-national differences diminish when policy is put into practice. Before outlining the content of the book, I highlight the findings as well as their contribution to implementation studies, comparative policy studies, migration studies, and European studies.


Schengen visa Policy implementation Migration control Bordering Bureaucracy Transnational comparison 


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  1. 1.FNRSUniversité Libre de BruxellesBrusselsBelgium

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