Liberal Egalitarian Arguments for Closed Borders : Some Preliminary Critical Reflections

ABIZADEH, ARASH: art90] (2006), «~Liberal Egalitarian Arguments for Closed Borders : Some Preliminary Critical Reflections~», Ethics & Economics, 4.1.

Abstract

There are at least five important arguments for why liberal egalitarianism permits states, under today’s circumstances, to close their borders to foreigners: the public order, domestic economy, social integration, political threat, and domestic welfare arguments. Critical examination of these arguments suggests that liberal egalitarianism, rather than supporting a right to close one’s borders to foreigners, mandates borders considerably more open than is the practice of today’s self-styled liberal states.

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