The Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften: EventsFriday, 14 October 2016, 11:30
Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften, »goßer Salon« in the Villa Reimers
Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften of Goethe University
Caleb Yong (Oxford University)
Caleb Yong received his DPhil in Politics at Oxford University with a dissertation entitled: »Justice, Legitimacy, and Movement across Borders«. From 2014−2015 he was granted a Postdoctoral Fellowship at McGill University and furthermore from 2015−2016 he was a Fellow in Residence at Harvard University. At present he is, on the invitation of the research centre »Justitia Amplificata. Rethinking Justice − Applied and Global« a Fellow at the Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften.
The philosophical debate on immigration often pits would-be migrants’ rights to immigrate against potential receiving states’ rights to regulate immigration. I argue that this binary framing of the debate obscures three important distinctions: between rights to free immigration and rights to immigrate for specific reasons, between strong and weak rights to immigrate, and between states’ legitimacy-rights and justification-rights to regulate immigration. With this conceptual framework in hand, I argue that although all would-be migrants have a weak right against immigration restrictions that lack a sufficient justification, and some would-be migrants have a strong right to immigrate for specific reasons, there is no strong right to free immigration in general. I further argue that, since there are potential immigration restrictions for which there is a sufficient justification, states can have a justification-right to restrict immigration.
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