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Must refugees return?

Gerver, Mollie (2019) 'Must refugees return?' Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy. ISSN 1369-8230

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Abstract

It is widely accepted that states have a right to control immigration, but must accept refugees at risk in their home countries. If this is true, perhaps states have a right to deport refugees once their lives are no longer at risk in their home countries. I raise three types of arguments against this claim, and in support of refugees’ right to remain. Citizenship-based arguments hold that refugees have a right to obtain citizenship, and with citizenship comes the right to remain. Plans-based arguments hold that refugees have a right to plan their lives, and they will struggle to plan without the right to remain. Reciprocity-based arguments hold that refugees have a right to reciprocal relationships with citizens, far easier if they know they can remain. I reject the first two arguments, and defend the third.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Refugees, reciprocity, citizenship, social membership, repatriation
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2019 16:59
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2019 17:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/24081

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