Revisiting and Further Exploring the Human Right to Leave

Author: Özlem Gürakar Skribeland
Published: 09.09.2022
The right to freedom of movement has a distinct meaning under international law, understood as being formed of three complementary rights. These are (i) the right to leave any country, including one’s own, (ii) the right to return to one’s own country, and (iii) the right of everyone lawfully within the territory of a state to liberty of movement and the freedom to choose own residence. The combination does not amount to a general right to migrate across international borders, and freedom of movement is sometimes dismissed as not providing much freedom to move after all. That said, there has…