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Etika migracije
Ethics of Immigration

Author(s): Biljana Đorđević
Subject(s): Social Sciences
Published by: Fakultet političkih nauka Univerziteta u Beogradu
Keywords: immigration; freedom of movement; Waltzer; Carens; closed and open borders

Summary/Abstract: Globalization proved to be a strong challenge to sovereignty but the state still does not waive its competences in the field of immigration control. This essay aims to present early works of political theoreticians in the field of ethics of immigration - most of all Michael Waltzer who speaks in favour of collective right of states to con-trol the entry of people and Joseph Carens who defends the open borders principle. Even without challenging the general right of state to immigration control, one can speak about moral obligation of admitting certain categories of non-citizens which liberal-democratic states should meet. On the other hand, no strategy of member-ship control can be consistent with central liberal principles according to which ev-ery person have equal moral value. At the end, the essay considers potential world of migration without borders and some of positive implications of such scenario.

  • Issue Year: 2008
  • Issue No: 02
  • Page Range: 239-253
  • Page Count: 15
  • Language: Serbian