Immigration and self-determination

Politics, Philosophy and Economics 14 (3):270-290 (2015)

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Bas Van Der Vossen
University of North Carolina, Greensboro
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This article asks whether states have a right to close their borders because of their right to self-determination, as proposed recently by Christopher Wellman, Michael Walzer, and others. It asks the fundamental question whether self-determination can, in even its most unrestricted form, support the exclusion of immigrants. I argue that the answer is no. To show this, I construct three different ways in which one might use the idea of self-determination to justify immigration restrictions and show that each of these arguments fails. My conclusion is that the nature and value of self-determination have to do with the conditions of genuine self-government, not membership of political society. Consequently, the demand for open borders is fully consistent with respect to self-determination
Keywords Immigration  Self-determination  Walzer  Wellman  Autonomy
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