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In Defense of OpennessWhy Global Freedom Is the Humane Solution to Global Poverty$
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Bas van der Vossen and Jason Brennan

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190462956

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190462956.001.0001

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Philosophical Objections to Open Borders

Philosophical Objections to Open Borders

(p.43) 4 Philosophical Objections to Open Borders
In Defense of Openness

Bas van der Vossen

Jason Brennan

Oxford University Press

The chapter discusses an important set of philosophical objections to the case for open borders. These objections aim to show that immigration should be limited or prohibited for a variety of reasons. Some focus on the supposed effects on people left behind in countries sending immigrants, others focus on the receiving country’s self-determination, yet others claim immigration can be restricted in the name of national allegiance. These arguments are all shown to fail to defeat the presumption in favor of free migration. The chapter concludes by reflecting on what receiving societies can do to make the process of integrating immigrants go more smoothly.

Keywords:   immigration, brain drain, self-determination, national allegiance, integration

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