Selecting Immigrants in an Unjust World

Kevin K W Ip*

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For many individuals living in poor societies, migration is the best hope for improving their life prospect. However, global migration today is highly selective and stratified. Affluent states often enjoy great discretion to cherry pick their immigration, favouring those with particular skills and qualifications. In this article, I argue that this practice of selective immigration is morally permissible only when a set of demanding conditions are met. I also argue that their right to exclude potential immigrants is constrained by the background distributive injustice in the global context.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)128-145
Number of pages18
JournalPolitical Studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2020

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Sociology and Political Science

User-Defined Keywords

  • duty of justice
  • global distributive justice
  • immigration
  • the right to exclude


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