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  1. Jonathan Seglow

Published Online: 1 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781444367072.wbiee153

The International Encyclopedia of Ethics

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Seglow, J. 2013. Immigration. The International Encyclopedia of Ethics. .

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  1. Published Online: 1 FEB 2013


The movement of people across the world is as old as human history, but immigration – leaving one's state and entering another – is a more modern phenomenon. Large-scale migrations began in the mid-nineteenth century; more recent ones occurred in the years after World War II. Immigration has only recently received much attention from moral and political philosophers, however, and in the past few years there has been a modest but steady stream of scholarly work on this “normatively complex phenomenon” (Bauböck 2009: 28) – a stream that may well grow in size. Here I aim to provide an overview of this recent work.


  • practical (applied) ethics;
  • immigration