Monday, December 9, 2013
The first book-length examination of immigrant admissions from a feminist philosophical perspective. Higgins argues that a different set of immigration policies will be just for each country and concludes with concrete recommendations for policymaking.
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.
Peter Higgins is Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Department Member in Women's and Gender Studies at the Eastern Michigan University.