PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2017, Vol. 36 ›› Issue (12): 1540-1551.doi: 10.18306/dlkxjz.2017.12.009

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Acting on Thresholds: Policies and geographical thresholds to mobility

van der VELDE Martin(), van NAERSSEN Ton   

  1. Radboud University, Nijmegen Institute for Management Research Nijmegen Centre for Border Research, Nijmegen 6500-6547, Netherlands
  • Online:2017-12-20 Published:2017-12-20
  • Supported by:
    National Natural Science Foundation of China, No.41571130, No.41271165;The Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities;Collaborative Innovation Center for Geopolitical setting of Southwest China and Borderland Development (YNNU)


This paper aims for a better understanding of the mutual relationship between national polices and migrant mobilities. The theoretical background is given by the threshold approach that we have developed on borders, mobility and migration. Central in this approach are the mental processes individuals who (want to) move in space are involved in. During this process they have to decide on three geographical thresholds. The first threshold concerns the idea to become mobile, to leave the familiar places and to cross national borders (for many people not that obvious), the second the location of the destination and its borders and 'bordering', and the third concerns the mobility trajectories or routes. Examples are presented from the EU and the ASEAN, respectively the crossing of borders between the Netherlands and Germany, mobility in the EU during the 2008 financial crisis, the 2015/16 flows of refugees crossing the Turkish-EU border, Philippine labour emigration and the Indonesian-Malaysian migration corridor. Finally, the approach and cases will be discussed in relation to policies and governance with regard to mobility and borders.

Key words: borders, mobility, migration, thresholds, decision making