Open Borders? Closed Societies? The Ethical and Political Issues


Immigration and refugee policies have traditionally been based on two assumptions: first, that national sovereignty implies absolute control of a country's borders and, second, that outsiders are to be admitted only when it serves the national interest. Moral or ethical concerns have not played a central role in policy formation anywhere in the world. This collection of essays challenges the traditional politically oriented position, analyzes the moral issues involved, and develops models for morally responsible immigration and refugee policies in a contemporary political setting.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Joseph H. Carens
  • John A. Scanlan
  • O. T. Kent
  • Andrew E. Shacknove
  • Mark Gibney
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 1988


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