In The Ethics of Immigration, Joseph Carens synthesizes a lifetime of work to explore and illuminates one of the most pressing issues of our time. Immigration. The Ethics of Immigration is a September book by the philosopher Joseph Carens. Contents. 1 Structure of the book; 2 Reception. Interviews and self-. Apr 24, Joseph H. Carens, The Ethics of Immigration, Oxford University Press, , pp., $ (hbk), ISBN Reviewed by Arash.

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A weaker formulation of the objection, by Miller, poses greater difficulties: To the objector who bites that bullet, and so effectively raises bthe second immmigration to the autonomy argument, Carens counters by appealing directly to a vital interest in autonomy itself, i. This long-awaited, judicious book on the ethics of interstate migration, by one of the field’s founding figures, brings together two strands of Joseph Carens’s previous writings on the topic.

Carens considers several objections to this argument, the two most serious of which are that a even if immigraion were vital interests at stake in domestically free movement, there are no equivalent interests in free movement between states, and that b in fact there are no vital interests that warrant recognizing domestic freedom of movement as a general human right. Carens responded to the critiques in two blog posts. The latter conclusion is hard to reconcile, however, with the fact that having immugration to paid work is also a fundamental, socially located interest.

Only in a world of open borders, he contends, will we live up to our most basic principles. Immigration Policy and “Immanent Critique”. In the book’s first part, he provisionally grants “the conventional view” that states are morally entitled to exercise considerable immiggration control over admissions. It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide.

For example, Carens believes that freedom of movement within the state is, and is widely recognized as, a general human right. Critics who immigragion that autonomy is perfectly compatible with justified restrictions might worry that this retort begs the question. Matthew Lister – – Law and Philosophy 29 6: The same reasoning justifies the jus soli practice of unconditionally granting a legal right of citizenship to babies born in the polity’s territory to non-citizen parents.


Carens covers the plight of refugees, guest workers, and other displaced persons with nuance and sympathy. Movement within and between states”. Desiree Lim – – Res Publica 20 4: Immigration and Democratic Principles: Many will not agree with some of Carens’ claims, especially his controversial conclusion, but none will be able to dismiss his tne lightly. Find it on Scholar. Second, restricting movement on the basis of citizenship violates equality of opportunity because it restricts access to social opportunities on the basis of a status that is overwhelmingly ascribed at birth: This section needs expansion.

Carens begins by focusing on current immigration controversies in North America ioseph Europe about access to citizenship, the integration of immigrants, temporary workers, irregular migrants and the imimgration of family members and refugees.

Oxford University Press is a department of the Etthics of Oxford. Powerfully argued by one of the world’s leading political philosophers on the issue, The Ethics of Immigration is a landmark work on one of the most important global social trends of our era.

Alex Sager – – Ethical Perspectives 21 4: I shall carwns focus on the book’s first part.

He further argues that, even assuming the conventional view, unauthorized migrants too should enjoy legal rights to be paid for their work and to the same working conditions as citizens — but not the right to seek work.

Beginning from the premise that all humans have equal moral worth — such that moral justification requires taking into account everyone’s interests in a way that is fair to all — he concludes that there is a general human right to freedom of interstate migration.

The Ethics of Immigration

Sarah Song – – Journal of Applied Philosophy 33 4: Whitt – – Ethics and Global Politics 7 3: The Ethics of Immigration Joseph Carens Oxford Political Theory Combines timely discussion of a hot-button issue with broader xarens considerations around justice and equality. He does so on the basis of three arguments, respectively appealing to the value of freedom of movement for 1 individual autonomy, 2 equality of opportunity, and 3 substantive economic, social, and political equality at the global level.

He is the author of Culture, Citizenship, and Community, which won the C. To purchase, visit your preferred ebook provider. This page was last edited on 15 Septemberat Sign in to use this feature. Science Logic and Mathematics. Carens does not attack the conventional view until the book’s second part. The ninth and tenth chapter discuss illegal immigrants, family reunification, and refugees.

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Joseph Carens replies part one of two “. Retrieved June 12, We can properly speak of “accommodations,” for example, in cases in which temporary workers themselves prefer having access to the receiving state’s labour market under conditions approaching their home state’s weaker labour standards — say, because the weaker standards would increase the supply of oof positions.

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Many will not agree with some of Carens’ claims, especially his controversial conclusion, but none will be able to dismiss his views lightly. The rights of bodily integrity illustrate the former, the right to seek employment perhaps the latter.

Immigration in Social and Political Philosophy categorize this paper. Carens’s argument begins with the observation that the discretion claimed by states over admissions is conventionally acknowledged to be subject to two important constraints: Of course Carens asserts correctly that the perception that immigrants pose a threat usually involves great exaggeration, but the heart of his response is that, even if the public interest would be served ethixs such exclusions, they are impermissible because they would violate the norm against stigmatizing discrimination.

He is the author of Culture, Citizenship, and Communitywhich won the C.

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By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. To show that liberal democracies are essentially already committed to the argument’s premises — in particular, to the presumption that a general human right to free movement is necessary to protect vital autonomy-related interests — he appeals to what David Miller has called a “cantilever” argument.

Carens’s firewall argument poses another set of concerns. The eleventh chapter argues for open bordersand challenges the presumption of discretionary control over migration, while still staying within the framework of legitimacy of nation-states. Choose your country or region Close.