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Migration in Political TheoryThe Ethics of Movement and Membership$
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Sarah Fine and Lea Ypi

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199676606

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199676606.001.0001

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Immigration and Discrimination

Immigration and Discrimination

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(p.125) 7 Immigration and Discrimination
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Migration in Political Theory
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Sarah Fine

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199676606.003.0007

The history of immigration controls is mired in racism, a fact that is not much discussed in the philosophical literature on the ethics of immigration restrictions. Race and ethnicity hardly feature at all in the debate. This chapter explores what is revealed about the ethics of immigration controls when we move race and ethnicity from the margins to the forefront of our analysis. It outlines the central role of race and ethnicity in the history and politics of immigration restrictions. It examines normative arguments that seek to defend some form of immigration restrictions while also denying the permissibility of discriminating between prospective immigrants on grounds of race or ethnicity, and it highlights the serious challenges that those arguments face. This also illustrates the ways in which arguments in political philosophy might be affected by paying close attention to the history of the institutions under discussion.

Keywords:   immigration, race, racism, ethnicity, ethics of immigration

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