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Justice, Migration, and Mercy$
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Michael Blake

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780190879556

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190879556.001.0001

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On Morality and Migration

On Morality and Migration

(p.1) 1 On Morality and Migration
Justice, Migration, and Mercy

Michael Blake

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that the ethical analysis of migration involves not a single question, but several; it encompasses any number of distinct topics, ranging from global distributive justice to the subjective experience of being a migrant. This chapter therefore limits the scope of the book, by identifying its organizing question: may a state ever rightly exclude an unwanted migrant? As a start on this question, the present chapter introduces the assumptions and moral principles which will be assumed to be true in the rest of the book—including, most importantly, the concept of the person with which that analysis will begin.

Keywords:   racism, colonialism, distributive justice, history, autonomy, planning, John Rawls

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