RSSSymposium: The Rights of Irregular Migrants

Immigration Policy and “Immanent Critique”

| June 2008
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Carens’s use of ‘immanent critique’ to ground his moral prescriptions on the not yet realized normative purposes of the immigration policies of liberal democratic states meets with only partial success.

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Migrants and Work-related Rights

| June 2008
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Carens’s discussion of the work-related rights of irregular migrants fails to consider the differentiated employment rights of legal temporary migrants, permanent residents, and citizens.

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Irregular Migrants: An Alternative Perspective

| June 2008
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While accepting Carens’s view that irregular migrants can rightfully claim from the state protection of human rights, Miller disagrees that such migrants can claim rights of citizenship.

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The Elusive Rights of an Invisible Population

| June 2008
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Carens’s suggestion for a so-called firewall protecting irregular migrants’ basic rights creates serious problems of coherence and feasibility for the legal and political systems of host countries.

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The Rights of Irregular Migrants

| June 2008
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Irregular migrants are morally entitled to a wide range of legal rights, including basic human and civil rights. Therefore, states ought to create a firewall between those charged with protecting and enforcing these rights and those charged with enforcing immigration laws.

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