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Justice, Migration, and Mercy

Michael Blake


Public political debate about migration has become increasingly important and increasingly heated; substantive engagement with the morality of migration, however, is more uncommon. This book defends a moderate account of the right to exclude, on which the state may exclude some unwanted would-be migrants—but on which there are significant constraints on how and when that right can be exercised. The book grounds this in a particular vision of how exclusion might be justified, on which states are possessed of a presumptive right to avoid unwanted forms of political relationship. This account of ... More

Keywords: migration, justice, mercy, equality, policy, refugee, asylum, international justice, virtue

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190879556
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190879556.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Blake, author
Professor of Philosophy, Public Policy, and Governance, University of Washington