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Justice for People on the Move


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Table of Contents

1. New migration justice challenges and how to solve them: an overview; 2. Migration, justice and territory: towards a justificatory framework; 3. Self-determination, legitimacy, and the state system: a normative framework; 4. Muslim bans; 5. Irregular migration; 6. Refugees; 7. Temporary labor migration; 8. Terrorism and migration; 9. Migration in a legitimate state system: problems, progress and prospects.

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Offers a comprehensive framework that can assist in responding to new justice challenges for people on the move.

About the Author

Gillian Brock is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Her books include Global Justice: A Cosmopolitan Account (2009), Debating Brain Drain (with Michael Blake, 2015), and Cosmopolitanism versus Non-Cosmopolitanism (2013).


'Brock's excellent book challenges readers to think carefully about what allows us to make policies around immigration and refugees that serve the interests of our citizens. In so doing, her book helps us to think deeply about what a just world would look like for migrants and non-migrants alike.' Serena Parekh, Journal of Global Ethics
Gillian Brock's book is a vital contribution to the existing philosophical literature on the ethics of migration. It engages in an original and incisive analysis of how respect for human rights ought to guide immigration policy today.' Desiree Lim, Ethics
'Justice for People on the Move will be invaluable for those seeking clear ethical metrics for evaluating recent immigration policies. Brock deftly navigates between exploring current events and providing sound philosophical reasoning. Her capacious ethical framework draws from her prior work on global justice and solidly grounds arguments regarding policies that affect the human rights of migrants and refugees.' Paulina Ochoa Espejo, Haverford College
'Gillian Brock directly engages the issues at the heart of our public debate: the US Muslim Ban, deportation of irregular migrants, refugee policy, temporary guestworker programs, and strategies for combating terrorism. Brock's excellent book has done us a great service by bringing the tools of philosophy to bear on these issues.' Anna Stilz, International Journal of Applied Philosophy
'Gillian Brock's compelling and richly textured new book aims to set out a human-rights-based framework for thinking about justice in migration.' Andrea Sangiovanni, International Journal of Applied Philosophy
'Justice for People on the Move is an important contribution to the political philosophy of immigration. It is humane and compassionate toward the world's most vulnerable migrants, refugees, while nonetheless seeking to understand the misguided thinking behind the attraction of anti-immigrant rhetoric for many ordinary people, as well as whose interests roadblocks in the ways of progress on migration justice serve.' Matthew Lindauer, Res Publica
'Justice for People on the Move presents an important research program. Its core insight, that migration contexts should be understood not as natural justificatory deserts but rather as gaps in international human rights protection that need cooperatively to be filled, importantly sets us on the right track in thinking about contemporary migration challenges.' Jiewuh Song, Res Publica
'... a fine book ... that explores how the values embedded in the post-war human rights framework can be applied to illuminate the tensions between the rights of political communities to self-determination and the rights and aspirations of migrants and refugees.' Christopher Bertram, Mind
'Brock's framework ... does highly important work. Justice for People on the Move is an exciting book of great practical ambition, and its human rights framework facilitates its considerable capacities for action guidance.' David Owen, Ethics and Global Politics book symposium
'A powerful, new account of migration justice, and as exciting, ... contribution to normative debates on climate displacement.' Shelley Wilcox, Ethics and Global Politics book symposium
'A significant contribution to the literature on migration justice. The book situates itself as a core reading for anyone interested in global migration justice and provides an excellent bridge between International Relations and Political Theory.' Merve Edilman, Journal of Refugee Studies
'Her argument is a powerful and searing indictment of the inadequacy of present efforts and attitudes towards migrants and refugees. We should learn the lessons Brock offers, as well as investigate alternative pathways for clearing more access routes to developed states for people on the move. Pandemic aside, the international community ought to do much better, and this book offers one such path forward.' Carmen Pavel, Ethical Perspectives

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