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Immigration and Democracy

Sarah Song


Immigration and Democracy develops an intermediate ethical position on immigration between closed borders and open borders. It argues that states have the right to control borders, but this right is qualified by an obligation to assist those outside their borders. In democratic societies, the right of immigration control must also be exercised in ways that are consistent with democratic values. Part I explores the normative grounds of the modern state’s power over immigration found in US immigration law and in political theory. It argues for a qualified, not absolute, right of states to contro ... More

Keywords: immigration, immigrants, migration, migrants, refugees, ethics of immigration, family immigration, collective self-determination, peoplehood, membership

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190909222
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190909222.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sarah Song, author
Professor of Law and Political Science, University of California-Berkeley