The Ethics of Immigration

Paperback | April 21, 2015

byJoseph Carens

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In The Ethics of Immigration, Joseph Carens synthesizes a lifetime of work to explore and illuminate one of the most pressing issues of our time. Immigration poses practical problems for western democracies and also challenges the ways in which people in democracies think about citizenship andbelonging, about rights and responsibilities, and about freedom and equality. Carens begins by focusing on current immigration controversies in North America and Europe about access to citizenship, the integration of immigrants, temporary workers, irregular migrants and the admission of family members and refugees. Working within the moral framework provided by liberaldemocratic values, he argues that some of the practices of democratic states in these areas are morally defensible, while others need to be reformed. In the last part of the book he moves beyond the currently feasible to ask questions about immigration from a more fundamental perspective. He arguesthat democratic values of freedom and equality ultimately entail a commitment to open borders. Only in a world of open borders, he contends, will we live up to our most basic principles. Many will not agree with some of Carens' claims, especially his controversial conclusion, but none will be able to dismiss his views lightly. Powerfully argued by one of the world's leading political philosophers on the issue, The Ethics of Immigration is a landmark work on one of the most importantglobal social trends of our era.

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In The Ethics of Immigration, Joseph Carens synthesizes a lifetime of work to explore and illuminate one of the most pressing issues of our time. Immigration poses practical problems for western democracies and also challenges the ways in which people in democracies think about citizenship andbelonging, about rights and responsibilitie...

Joseph H. Carens, Ph.D., is Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto. He is the author of Culture, Citizenship, and Community, which won the 2002 C. B. Macpherson Award, and of Equality, Moral Incentives and the Market. He has written for the Boston Review, Political Theory, Journal of Political Philosophy, and many...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:386 pages, 9.09 × 5.98 × 0.98 inPublished:April 21, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Acknowledgments1. Introduction: Mapping the Ethics of ImmigrationPART I: WHO BELONGS?2. Birthright Citizenship3. Naturalization4. Beyond Legal Citizenship to Inclusion5. Permanent Residents6. Temporary Workers7. Irregular Migrants8. The Theory of Social MembershipPART II: WHO SHOULD GET IN?9. Ordinary Admissions10. Refugees11. The Case for Open Borders12. The Claims of Community13. ConclusionAppendix: Presuppositions and Political TheoryReferencesNotesIndex

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"Elegantly argued...Carens covers the plight of refugees, guest workers, and other displaced persons with nuance and sympathy." --Publisher's Weekly