All posts tagged: immigration

Migration and Human Rights (46): The “Criminal Immigrant” Stereotype, Ctd.

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citizenship / international relations / law

As is often the case, there’s public opinion, there’s empirical reality, and there’s a lot of space between the two. One particularly harmful public myth is the one about the “criminal immigrant”. It’s harmful in several ways: it whips up support for immigration restrictions, which help to keep many foreigners poor, and it contributes to feelings of insecurity, which in turn lead to tough-on-crime policies and high rates of incarceration. I’ve already argued several times before against […]

Migration and Human Rights (45): Open Borders, Luck Egalitarianism, and the Common Ownership of the Earth

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citizenship / economics / equality / globalization / international relations / justice / law / philosophy

[This post originally appeared on as a guest post.]  Luck egalitarianism is a school of thought in moral philosophy that argues in favor of interventions in people’s lives aimed at eliminating as far as possible the impact of luck. If you have the bad luck of being born into a poor family, your prospects in life should not be harmed by this and society should intervene in order to correct for it. I’m not […]

Migration and Human Rights (44): Welfare State Incompatible With Multiculturalism?

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citizenship / poverty

David Miller has argued in favor of an affirmative answer to this question. My view is different. Miller’s story goes somewhat like this. The welfare state predates multiculturalism: most western countries have adopted some form of welfare state in the late 19th century or during the first half of the 20th century, whereas these countries only have become truly multicultural in the second half of the 20th century (as a result of decolonization, guest worker […]

The Causes of Poverty (66): Immigration Restrictions in Wealthy Countries

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causes of poverty / economics / poverty

(source) It’s intuitively obvious: if you allow more people to migrate to wealthy countries, global poverty rates will come down because people will have more and better labor opportunities. Conversely, immigration restrictions keep poverty levels high. Here‘s a paper that actually tries to measure the effect on poverty of migration restrictions: [R]ich nation migration barriers impose huge losses on the global economy. This paper … estimates, for the first time to my knowledge, the global poverty […]

Migration and Human Rights (43): The Impact of Immigration on the Educational Attainment of Natives

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citizenship / economics / education / globalization / international relations / work

(source) Those opposed to immigration – or better to high or increased levels of immigration – often, but wrongly, argue that a large scale presence of immigrants forces down the wages of natives and drives expensive native workers, especially the low-skilled, out of the job market. Or that it ruins social security systems, destroys the native culture and leads to higher crime rates. There’s also a less common and a priori sensible argument regarding education. When there are many or […]