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Irregular migration, historical injustice and the right to exclude

Ypi, Lea (2022) Irregular migration, historical injustice and the right to exclude. Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement, 91. 169 - 183. ISSN 1358-2461

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Identification Number: 10.1017/S1358246122000066


This paper makes the case for amnesty of irregular migrants by reflecting on the conditions under which a wrong that is done in the past can be considered superseded. It explores the relation between historical injustice and irregular migration and suggests that we should hold states to the same stringent standards of compliance with just norms that they apply to the assessment of the moral conduct of individual migrants. It concludes that those standards ought to orient migrants and citizens’ moral assessment of how their states handle questions of irregular migration and to inform political initiatives compatible with these moral assessments.

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Additional Information: © 2022 The Royal Institute of Philosophy and the contributors
Divisions: Government
Subjects: J Political Science
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2024 14:51
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 04:21

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