Many political philosophers defend the right of nations to control their own immigration policies and to decide who can be a citizen and who cannot. Certain forms of statelessness, however, seem to pose problems for this view: in nations without birthright citizenship, for example, some children end up born stateless. Though these nations may have a right to control their own immigration policies and requirements for citizenship, they do not have the right to harm non-citizens for no good reason, and rendering someone stateless is a particularly severe harm.
Presented by Stephen Mathis, Associate Professor of Philosophy
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Thursday, March 9, 2017
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