Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Government and International Studies

Title

Selecting Immigrants in an Unjust World

Language

English

Abstract

For many individuals living in poor societies, migration is the best hope for improving their life prospect. However, global migration today is highly selective and stratified. Affluent states often enjoy great discretion to cherry pick their immigration, favouring those with particular skills and qualifications. In this article, I argue that this practice of selective immigration is morally permissible only when a set of demanding conditions are met. I also argue that their right to exclude potential immigrants is constrained by the background distributive injustice in the global context.

Keywords

immigration, the right to exclude, global distributive justice, duty of justice

Publication Date

2019

Source Publication Title

Political Studies

Publisher

SAGE Publications

DOI

10.1177/0032321719833885

Link to Publisher's Edition

https://doi.org/10.1177/0032321719833885

ISSN (print)

00323217

ISSN (electronic)

14679248

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