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On Immigration and Refugees : The Thinking in Action Series - Sir Michael Dummett

On Immigration and Refugees

The Thinking in Action Series

Paperback Published: 21st May 2001
ISBN: 9780415227087
Number Of Pages: 160

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Michael Dummett, philosopher and social critic, is also one of the sharpest and most prominent commentators and campaigners for the fair treatment of immigrants and refugees in Britain and Europe. This book insightfully draws together his thoughts on this major issue for the first time.
Exploring the confused and often highly unjust thinking about immigration, Dummett then carefully questions the principles and justifications governing state policies, pointing out that they often conflict with the rights of refugees as laid down by the Geneva Convention. With compelling and often moving examples, On Immigration and Refugees points a new way forward for humane thinking and practice about a problem we cannot afford to ignore.

Industry Reviews

"A lucid philosophical discussion of the ethical principles at stake in matters of immigration and asylum, and a sharp review of the historical ways they have been manhandled.." -"New Left Review ..."a timely and useful contribution to the debate...a clear, readable and coherent argument.." -"Humanist News ..."makes the case meticulously...Sir Michael's narrative gains power from its cold-blooded, uncolored language...a terrible indictment of modern British immigration policy.." -"The Economist "This book, passionately argued and shot through with a sense of urgency, is Dummett's timely contribution to the debate.. an invigorating read." -Lena Barrett ..."acutely spots a blank in the mentality of earlier political philosophers who 'have seldom asked what obligations a state has towards those who are not its citizens' and argues powerfully against those who 'hold that we have at most only negative duties towards strangers: that, for example, we may not kill them, but have no duty to protect them from being killed.' He exposes the fraudulence of the phrase 'bogus asylum-seeker'....It would be rash to expect so decent a voice will get much of a hearing. After all, selfishness is not only admired but encouraged all around us....'." -"The Evening Standard

Prefacep. ix
Principlesp. 1
Some General Principlesp. 3
The Duties of a State to Refugeesp. 22
The Duties of a State to Immigrantsp. 46
Grounds of Refusalp. 58
Citizenshipp. 79
Historyp. 87
How Immigration was Made a Menace in Britainp. 89
From Immigrants to Refugeesp. 109
Racism in Other European Countries and Immigration into Themp. 137
Indexp. 155
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ISBN: 9780415227087
ISBN-10: 0415227089
Series: Thinking in Action
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 21st May 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.86 x 13.06  x 1.32
Weight (kg): 0.2
Edition Number: 1