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Ethics and Rights of Immigration

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 4:30pm

McGraw Hall, Room 165
740-750 University Ave, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA

This panel is part of CIES' Migration Series.
Patti Tamara Lenard (University of Ottawa); Jeremy Waldron (New York University School of Law); Christopher Heath Wellman (Washington University in St. Louis)
Moderated by: Andrei Marmor (Cornell University Law and Department of Philosophy)

All the countries in the world operate under the assumption that they have a right to control immigration within their jurisdictions. Most states take this right to be very robust, giving the state almost absolute discretion in determining who to let in and under what conditions. But is this right to control immigration morally justified? Should states have almost absolute control over their borders, keeping out anyone they wish? How does immigration control affect the moral standing of minorities within the country? Should borders be much more open and allow a free, or almost free, flow of immigrants? Do individuals living in distressed or war torn parts of the world have a human right to immigrate to more affluent and peaceful countries? Or is the right to immigration confined to cases of asylum? These, and similar questions, will be discussed in the panel “Ethics and Rights of Immigration,” organized as part of the CIES’ Migration Series, by three renowned political philosophers who have written extensively on these topics.


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