Laissez-Passer

lɛseɪˈpɑːseɪ, Noun: a document allowing the holder to pass; a permit.   

We develop tools to ease human mobility and increase economic prospects  

Why?

Freedom of movement has lifted millions out of poverty in the developing world while expanding purchasing powers in the developed world. However, the current approach adopted of restricting the mobility of developing nations only contributes to widening global inequality and reinforcing under development, not to mention the societal implications of suspicion and negative assumptions of others. 

For affected populations, the space to pursue an economic or learning opportunity abroad has been significantly shrinking and undermined in recent years.  

Our Assumptions

 The tougher the immigration laws the more migrants and visa seekers are encouraged to consider unauthorized channels and the more they become susceptible to protection risk. 

Restricting mobility of particular nationalities due to their low economic value is an unfair rule of today's economy and result in an unequal access to economic opportunities.

   More people will consider legal pathway to migration and travel if the process is less excessive and time consuming and more transparent and consistent. 

Impact we seek

Transforming the visa process into a complete digital value chain

In which visa seekers are offered the consistency, orientation, transparency and where their time and resources are being considered. 

Making traveling legal precautions an institutional-wide knowledge

And contributing to the safety of all travelers whether they would be tourists, students, business professionals, refugees, journalists or asylum seekers.

Leaverging knowledge tools to build sustainable solutions for mobility


To work with a variety of actors and adopt an approach that enable technology, research and migration laws to intersect.

 Background 

Globalization has created an increasingly dynamic and interconnected world, where goods and people can engage with distant markets and opportunities. Yet nations have consistently adopted a closed-border policy to regulate the entry of certain nationalities and restrict access to marginal groups of limited market/ economic value.
 
As a result of the instability in Syria, Libya, Yemen, Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia, South Sudan, Venezuela, and Myanmar many countries experienced a surge in arrivals of migrants, asylum seekers and refugees. Since then, such countries of destination have reacted by initiating a series of policy and legislative changes aimed at restricting travel, tightening border controls and imposing barriers to movement to stem migration flows. The crackdown, however, has not only concerned undocumented migrants, but also other travelers deemed suspect because of nationalities such as Middle Eastern, African and Latin American nationals who are now forced to endure tougher screening procedures, lengthier processing times, higher costs, fewer exemptions and other cumbersome practices that deprive them of traveling or even obtaining a passport in some cases. 
A poll by the RAND Corporation found African & Asian researchers are, respectively, 3 to 4 times more likely as European or North American ones to report visa-related obstacles[2]. A study by academics from University College London (UCL), University of Birmingham, and Royal Holloway University of London, found that increased visa restrictions on migrants encourage the irregular routes of migration. Researchers suggested governments should consider the wider impacts of controls and take into account the aspirations of the individual in order to stem illegal immigration countries.[3]
    
[1]“Laissez-Passer” /ˌlɛseɪˈpɑːseɪ. Noun: a document allowing the holder to pass; a permit.

[2] “International Movement and Science A survey of researchers” RAND Corporation, https://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RR2690.html 

[3]“Tight visa controls encourage illegal immigration, say researchers
Study finds restrictions on migration can push people towards unauthorized channels” The Guardian August 21, 2018 https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2018/aug/21/tight-visa-controls-encourage-illegal-immigration-say-researchers