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Why do dictators ban their people from traveling?

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 ...
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Why do dictators ban their people from traveling?

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 ...
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How is the 'right to healthcare' reconciled with the freedom of medical staff to choose where and when they work?

There are two different aspects to this apparent contradiction. When a government signs up to a human rights convention which guarantees a right to healthcare, it needs to pass domestic legislation to ...
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What prevents a US state from colonizing a smaller state?

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 ...
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Why do dictators ban their people from traveling?

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 ...
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What are the means Russia uses to prevent emigration out of Russia?

Actually, no one forbids you to leave the country, but there are several problems that you will face (I'm native Russian, work as a C++ programmer). The job. It's not easy at all to find a job ...
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What are the means Russia uses to prevent emigration out of Russia?

One of the most common reasons to leave Russia is having problems with getting paid by foreign companies (I mean for usual citizens, not for members of the media ). The most notable layer of such ...
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What prevents a US state from colonizing a smaller state?

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....
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Why do dictators ban their people from traveling?

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 ...
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What prevents a US state from colonizing a smaller state?

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 ...
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Why do dictators ban their people from traveling?

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 ...
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What are the means Russia uses to prevent emigration out of Russia?

The central approach is arguably "make the West do it for us". USA have been downsizing its consular services in Russia for around five years, both directly and by provoking Russia doing so ...
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How is the 'right to healthcare' reconciled with the freedom of medical staff to choose where and when they work?

The answers will vary based on the country you are talking about. Not every country promises a "right" to healthcare. Not every country allows its people to choose conditions under which ...
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Why does the EU-Turkey customs union not violate the single market principle?

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 ...
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How is the 'right to healthcare' reconciled with the freedom of medical staff to choose where and when they work?

Just take Germany as an example. Some people have private health insurance. There the market regulates how much healthcare everyone can buy for itself. If you pay more, you get better treatment, if ...
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Why do dictators ban their people from traveling?

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 ...
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Is there data comparing between US regions the degree of social distancing as a function of the outbreak severity?

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, ...
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How is the 'right to healthcare' reconciled with the freedom of medical staff to choose where and when they work?

It's worth pointing out that this 'right' is an ideal. In practice, very few people in any profession have an absolute right to choose where and when they work. Medical professionals (in this instance)...
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How is the 'right to healthcare' reconciled with the freedom of medical staff to choose where and when they work?

It’s a right to some level of healthcare, not to all that may be desired, so it does not conflict with the freedom of potential healthcare workers. In practice, first the government determines what ...
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What prevents a US state from colonizing a smaller state?

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 ...
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Why would low-skilled British workers go to Sydney and Melbourne (in large numbers)?

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 ...
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Why is it so hard to obtain gay marriage recognition at EU level?

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 ...
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Can Austria deny non-Austrian EU citizens from taking a job?

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 ...
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What are the means Russia uses to prevent emigration out of Russia?

In most of the answers here people are focusing on discussing the visa issues. I will suggest looking at the situation from another angle. Russian government does not need to do much as due to the ...
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Why do dictators ban their people from traveling?

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 ...
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Has the WHO said anything about travel restrictions since the end of February?

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 ...
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Why are American Juvenile Curfew Laws not Unconstitutional?

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 ...
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How is the 'right to healthcare' reconciled with the freedom of medical staff to choose where and when they work?

From what I know from the situation in my own land, the Netherlands, a distinction is made between "classic constitutional rights" and "social constitutional rights". Classic ...
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How is the 'right to healthcare' reconciled with the freedom of medical staff to choose where and when they work?

You should see the right to the healthcare as a part of the forest, not as a single tree The right to the healthcare is a part of the whole human rights system, it can't be considered separately. If ...
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Why do dictators ban their people from traveling?

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 ...
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