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Volume 29 • Number 2

April 2015



Does Cosmopolitan Justice Ever Require Restrictions on Migration?

by José Jorge Mendoza

In today's world, most people have done nothing either to deserve or be burdened with the citizenship they happen to hold. Most people have acquired their citizenship either by their place of birth or through ancestry (usually inheriting the citizenship of one or both of their parents). While most people have citizenship in at least one country, not all forms of citizenship can be said to be equal. for example, being a citizen of a country in the Global North comes with a greater set of opportunities than being a citizen of a country in the Global South. on its face, this arbitrary and disproportionate distribution of opportunities seems unfair and unjust. A commitment to equality would suggest that these sorts of differences be eradicated and that the fairest way to accomplish this task would be by eliminating restrictions on migration (i.e., opening borders).

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