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Deij, T.

Department of Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy

Immigration, Populism and Philosophy

The Slippery Slope of a Context of Choice Approach to Immigration Policy

This paper aims to establish an open dialogue between the popular and the philosophical discourse on immigration by showing how collective self-determination arguments for immigration control relate to public anti-immigration sentiments. The main claim of the paper is that cultural compatibility, a common element in both the context of choice argument and European populism, cannot ground a right to exclude would-be immigrants from the political community, because such a policy would target not just would-be immigrants but also many other social groups.

Last modified:18 April 2017 4.41 p.m.