Immigration Justice

By Peter Higgins
Immigration Justice

What moral standards ought nation-states abide by when selecting immigration policies? Peter Higgins argues that immigration policies can only be judged by considering the inequalities that are produced by the institutions – such as gender, race and class – that constitute our social world.Higgins challenges conventional positions on immigration justice, including the view that states have a right to choose whatever immigration policies they like, or that all immigration restrictions ought to be eliminated and borders opened. Rather than suggesting one absolute solution, he argues that a unique set of immigration policies will be just for each country. He concludes with concrete recommendations for policymaking.


Immigration Justice contains an assortment of virtues. It offers a terrific overview of key positions in contemporary immigration philosophy. Higgins’s picture of immigration justice is certainly innovative; he gives a circumscribed defense of closed borders that aims to respond to the needs of the most disadvantaged as opposed to the philosophically shaky claims of prescriptive nationalism. The PDP [Priority of Disadvantage Principle] is not only philosophically rich but also potentially useful for crafting a range of forward-looking immigration policies … Immigration Justice may be the only book-length philosophical treatment of structural immigration justice, which makes it, in my view, a must-read for immigration philosophers working from the subfields of Latina/o and feminist philosophy.”–
Amy Reed-Sandoval, University of Texas at El Paso, Hypatia Reviews Online

  • Series: Studies in Global Justice and Human Rights EUP
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Edinburgh University Press; 1 edition (August 31, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0748670262
  • ISBN-13: 978-0748670260


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