Libertarianism and Immigration

Libertarian Papers. 2010;2:30


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Journal Title: Libertarian Papers

ISSN: 1947-6949 (Print)

Publisher: Center for the Study of Innovative Freedom

LCC Subject Category: Philosophy. Psychology. Religion: Philosophy (General) | Social Sciences: Economic theory. Demography

Country of publisher: United States

Language of fulltext: English

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Diana Virginia Todea


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Time From Submission to Publication: 10 weeks


Abstract | Full Text

In this paper I investigate the libertarian account of immigration. In the first section I distinguish between right-libertarianism and left-libertarianism. In the second section I analyze the arguments focused on immigration from the perspective of self-ownership focused on Nozick’s case and Steiner’s analogy. In the third section I discuss the conflict between the collective consent on the issue of immigration and the individuals’ decision. The conclusion sets the libertarian framework as being flawed in its argumentation on the issue of immigration because it fails to provide strong arguments about the fact that the individuals are free to choose to open or close the borders.