Debating the Ethics of Immigration: Is There a Right to Exclude?

Paperback | October 13, 2011

byChristopher Heath Wellman, Phillip Cole

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Do states have the right to prevent potential immigrants from crossing their borders, or should people have the freedom to migrate and settle wherever they wish? Christopher Heath Wellman and Phillip Cole develop and defend opposing answers to this timely and important question. Appealing to the right to freedom of association, Wellman contends that legitimate states have broad discretion to exclude potential immigrants, even those who desperately seek to enter. Against this, Cole argues that the commitment to the moral equality of all human beings - which legitimate statescan be expected to hold - means national borders must be open: equal respect requires equal access, both to territory and membership; and that the idea of open borders is less radical than it seems when we consider how many territorial and community boundaries have this open nature. In addition to engaging with each other's arguments, Wellman and Cole address a range of central questions and prominent positions on this topic. The authors therefore provide a critical overview of the major contributions to the ethics of migration, as well as developing original, provocativepositions of their own.

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Do states have the right to prevent potential immigrants from crossing their borders, or should people have the freedom to migrate and settle wherever they wish? Christopher Heath Wellman and Phillip Cole develop and defend opposing answers to this timely and important question. Appealing to the right to freedom of association, Wellma...

Christopher Heath Wellman is a Professor of Philosophy at Washington University in St. Louis and Professorial Fellow at CAPPE, Charles Sturt University. He works in ethics, specializing in political and legal philosophy. His most recent book, coauthored with Andrew Altman, is A Liberal Theory of International Justice. Phillip Cole i...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 5.39 × 8.19 × 0.98 inPublished:October 13, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199731721

ISBN - 13:9780199731725

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Table of Contents

IntroductionFreedom of Association and the Right to ExcludeIn Defense of the Right to ExcludeThe Egalitarian Case for Open BordersThe Libertarian Case for Open BordersThe Democratic Case for Open BordersThe Utilitarian Case for Open BordersRefugeesToward an International Institution with Authority of ImmigrationGuest WorkersSelection CriteriaConclusionOpen Borders: An Ethical DefenceThe Shape of the DebateThe Case Against the Right to ExcludeWellman on Freedom of AssociationConsequentialist ConcernsTowards a Right to MobilityConclusionIndex