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The Case for Permanent Residency for Frontline Workers

Gerver, Mollie (2022) 'The Case for Permanent Residency for Frontline Workers.' American Political Science Review, 116 (1). pp. 87-100. ISSN 0003-0554

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This article presents the case for granting permanent residency to those experiencing significant risks throughout the Covid-19 pandemic to increase citizens’ safety. Increasing safety comes in many forms: directly, as when doctors, paramedics and nurses assist patients; and indirectly, as when farmworkers produce life-sustaining food, garbage collectors protect sanitation, and social workers respond to emergency calls. A range of such workers are owed gratitude-derived duties from citizens which are best fulfilled via permanent residency. I defend this claim first for authorised migrants, and then for unauthorised migrants whose presence citizens would consent to, if aware of the benefits they provide. Finally, I defend the claim that many frontline workers not owed gratitude are owed duties of justice, acquiring similar rights to permanent residency.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 01 Sep 2021 11:15
Last Modified: 10 Feb 2022 21:08

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