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People are resources, dictators (and oppressive regimes in general) don't want them to defect to other countries because they want them working for their regime. Some of them are going to be people that the regime has put their resources into, like scientists and doctors, but even laborers are valuable for actually gathering and assembling the resources the ...


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I am old enough to have caught the communism era within one Eastern-European country (Romania). Trying to leave the country was a criminal offence and many died trying to do so. Many people that had to leave the country for business/sport events reasons were typically supervised by Security to ensure that they come back. A dictator is usually interested ...


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Nothing This has been done in American history, in fact, though by religious groups rather than states! For example, see generally Nauvoo, IL, a city that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints built to consolidate power, but there are other examples. What stopped the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints from using this population growth to ...


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An excellent example is the German Democratic Republic. In the view of the leading socialists they were the worker's paradise and a counterexample to the fascist Germany in the West (that was not really the untruth in the first years because many Nazis survived unscathed). While in the West the Marshall Plan caused a fast recovery of the economy, Soviet ...


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Nothing. It's a constitutional right. The Citizens of each State shall be entitled to all Privileges and Immunities of Citizens in the several States. Source: Privileges and Immunities Clause (U.S. Constitution, Article IV, Section 2, Clause 1)


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An example from Romania: Before the fall of socialism, it was very difficult to travel into capitalist countries. It was not completely impossible, but very difficult, so it was practically impossible for the majority of the population. There was an old lady we knew, who managed to get an approval to travel to the USA, because she had close relatives there (...


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Does this make sense? In a comment, you said California won't lose seats because they have surplus blue voters. The number of "blue" voters is irrelevant. Under current law, apportionment is done by residents. If California moves some of its residents (even if homeless) to Wyoming, then apportionment will shift seats towards Wyoming and away from ...


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Many answer focus on resources (people and the money/products they can generate) and blocking of outside information (preventing people having other comparatives or being able to compare their country with others). One answer mentioned **cognitive disonnance*", and I want to take that as a starting point. I grew up in the era of the Soviet Union. Many ...


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Because by travelling people extend their horizons. By travelling your experience becomes less limited to what you know from your daily life. Even nowadays you can see the example: intolerance towards different people is result of limited perspectives, and people who travel are much less prone to this. They are also less affected by information from media ...


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Different types of violations Specific to the statement in question: In the Brexit negotiations the EU has rejected the British wish of being part of the single market but without free movement of people. Such a partial free market could lead to unfair competition and therefore threatens the integrity of the single market. These are two separate issues. ...


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Yes, Google has published these statistics at a per-state level for the United States. To use the example in your question of New York, compared with a state with far fewer COVID-19 cases currently, such as West Virginia, we can see that New York has seen large reductions in mobility trends across every category except Residential, while West Virginia has ...


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Nothing but it's harder than you think. The Free State Project has a stated goal of moving only 20,000 libertarians to New Hampshire to take over the state. These are dedicated, independent, wealthy individuals and yet it's a project that is over a decade old. In the documentary Wild Wild Country the Osho guru attempted to moved thousands of followers into ...


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Because it is already an issue. Visa Overstayers However, an estimated 86,940 people who entered Australia in 2017–18 breached their visa conditions. Many of them quickly left the country, but as of 30 June 2017, there were 62,900 unlawful non-citizens residing in Australia—a number that has remained roughly constant over the past few years. 50% of unlawful ...


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The reason is quite straightforward and you touch upon it in the question: There is still no consensus on same-sex marriage between EU member countries (just as there isn't on drug harm reduction policies, prostitution, gambling, euthanasia, abortion, or surrogacy). That's also why family and societal issues have always been national matters, which the EU ...


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Public policy is intended to allow countries to exclude (for example) political dictators or war criminals who are not a direct threat to the country's public safety. It cannot be used to create an exception favoring a country's citizens over those of other EU countries. For example, directive 2004/38/EC provides, in Article 27(2): Measures taken on ...


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The WHO released a joined statement with the ICAO ([on the WHO website it's dated 11 March 2020). It does not mention travel restrictions directly. It does, however, stress cooperation at different levels, for example between "aviation and health authorities". My interpretation is that the WHO is leaving such restrictions up to the states, at least in ...


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According to one academic source: The Supreme Court, however, has yet to review the constitutionality of curfews. They declined in 1976 to hear a case about juvenile curfews. And in somewhat more detail, regarding lower courts' decisions: Litigants challenging juvenile curfew laws generally have not argued that youth is a “suspect classification” like ...


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When people can go to another country, there is the probability that they will see better systems of government, and when they return, will begin to spread dissent. When people can't go anywhere, like North Koreans today, the only information they have is what the government disseminates through its propaganda machines. Those always tell the people how great ...


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The EU has an extensive report on the illegal employment of "third country nationals", by which I think they mean non-EU citizens. They have this summary breakdown of where most illegally working TCNs come from: The most common third-country nationalities identified as illegally employed in the eleven Member State which provided statistics 2015 ...


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Are illegal movements of EU citizens in the EU a significant problem? E.g. is there a significant black market for Eastern EU labor in the West, for instance in prostitution, undeclared day labour, and similar? Yes, there is such a black market. Whether it's a significant problem is hard to say. These laborers try to stay under the radar, so most reports I'...


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Their primary goal is to avoid the loss of resources. People is a resource, not only in dictatorships, but everywhere. The main problem is that exactly those people will leave first, who are worthy for the foreign countries, and thus they would find job easily. Their secondary goal is to avoid the injection of - for them - unwanted ideologies ("see, Joe, ...


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This is politics. So the Australian trade minister gave an argument why a suggested trade deal wasn't acceptable. That doesn't mean his arguments are true, it means he wants a better deal. It is not too easy at the moment to move from the UK to Australia permanently, and I'm sure the Australians have their reasons for that. They are not just going to ...


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In addition to the excellent answers by Thorsten and Alexei, there were a couple of other factors: While many answers noted that "people are resource" (extra kudos to those geopolitically aware that populace size directly corresponds to army size and thus to military power in many dictatorships without US-model professional army), none of the answers noted ...


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Natural resources are far from the only or main source of wealth and power, especially for North Korea or, back in the day, COMECON countries. People (especially working age people) are needed to sustain economic activity or an army. Interestingly, some authoritarian countries did let older people out more easily (East Germany for example), which supports ...


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The current law is that it would cease to apply at 11 PM GMT on March 29th 2019. The plan was to pass further legislation that transposed all EU rules, including freedom of movement, into British law before then, but in the event of a no-deal crash that probably wouldn't happen. However, the British government has indicated that it would want to keep some ...


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This seems kind of confused. There's nothing an existing state can do to take some of the territory of another state against its will, if that's what you're asking about. Article IV, Section 3 (both clauses) of the Constitution covers how Federal and State territory is handled, and everything in there either states or strongly implies that no territorial ...


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So why would unskilled (or low skilled) UK workers flood Sydney and Melbourne (if Australia gave them the chance)? For the same reason why hundreds of thousands of Britons currently live in Spain: better weather. Let's face it, weather in the UK is cold and rainy for the most part of the year. It's double miserable if you live in the northern parts of the ...


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I'm not sure this is really a correct answer, but according to Deutsche Bank data both Sydney and Melbourne rank higher than London in average salaries and also in "disposable income" after cost of housing (but not living in general) is subtracted (although housing is a large chunk of that). So, Sydney and Melbourne are financially more attractive cities "...


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Well, they need to prevent unwanted communication, which is harder to track and control outside the system. They need to prevent reality check: television, and even internet nowadays, are not enough, and most likely are controlled in that kind of country. Manipulation with your existence(and of your loved ones) and fear together with gratefulness for '...


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Travel restrictions are a measure of control. They can be used in different forms and to different ends. Human resources As many have pointed out, a dictator wants to keep his human resources inside the country and direct them as he sees fit. They cannot decide to work for the competition aka another country if they cannot leave their country. Ideology ...


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