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The Ethics of Migration

An Introduction, 1st Edition

By Adam Hosein


240 pages

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In The Ethics of Migration: An Introduction Adam Hosein systematically and comprehensively examines the ethical issues surrounding the concept of immigration. The book addresses important questions such as:

  • Can states claim a right to control their borders and if so to what extent?
  • Is detention ever a justifiable means of border enforcement?
  • Which criteria may states use to determine who should be admitted into their territory and how do these criteria interact with existing hierarchies of race and gender?
  • Who should be considered a refugee?
  • Which rights are migrants who are present in a territory entitled to?
  • Is there an acceptable way to design a temporary worker program?
  • When, if ever, are amnesties for unauthorized migrants appropriate?

Featuring case studies throughout, this textbook provides a philosophical introduction to an incredibly topical issue studied by students within the fields of political philosophy, applied ethics, global studies, politics, law, sociology and public policy.

Table of Contents



Part 1: The Regulation of Borders

1. Arguments for Opening Borders

2. Arguments for Border Controls

3. Enforcement

Part 2: Selection Procedures

4. Selection for Admission

5. Refugees

Part 3: The Rights of Migrants

6. General Theories of Immigrant Rights

7. Temporary Workers

8. Undocumented Migrants.


About the Author

Adam Hosein is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Northeastern University, USA.

About the Series

The Ethics of ...

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Each engaging textbook from The Ethics of… series focuses on a significant ethical issue and provides a clear and stimulating explanation of the surrounding philosophical discussions. Focusing on moral debates at the forefront of contemporary society they have been designed for use by students studying philosophy, applied ethics, global ethics and related subjects such as politics, international relations and sociology. Features to aid study include chapter summaries, study questions, annotated further reading and glossaries.

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