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Sufficiency, Priority, and Selecting Refugees

Gerver, Mollie (2020) 'Sufficiency, Priority, and Selecting Refugees.' Journal of Applied Philosophy, 37 (5). pp. 713-730. ISSN 0264-3758

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Abstract

There are more refugees than many states have a duty to accept. As a result, many states are permitted to accept only some refugees and not others. This raises the question of how states should select these refugees. I defend the claim that states should resettle the worst‐off refugees, and maximize the number of refugees gaining a sufficiently decent life. When resettling the worst off conflicts with maximising the number gaining a sufficiently decent life, states should select refugees to maximise aggregate benefits, with benefits holding greater weight the further refugees are from a sufficiency threshold. The only exception to this rule is when it entails wrongful discrimination, in which case states should only follow this rule if victims of discrimination benefit and consent to its implementation.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2020 20:34
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 14:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/27954

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