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Social Theory and Practice

Volume 36, Issue 3, July 2010

Michael Huemer
Pages 429-461
DOI: 10.5840/soctheorpract201036323

Is There a Right to Immigrate?

Immigration restrictions violate the prima facie right of potential immigrants not to be subject to harmful coercion. This prima facie right is not neutralized or outweighed by the economic, fiscal, or cultural effects of immigration, nor by the state’s special duties to its own citizens, or to its poorest citizens. Nor does the state have a right to control citizenship conditions in the same way that private clubs may control their membership conditions.

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