Discrimination and Immigration

Mendoza, José Jorge. “Discrimination and Immigration.” In The Routledge Handbook of the Ethics of Discrimination, edited by Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen, 254-63. New York, NY: Routledge, 2018.

In this chapter, I outline what philosophers working on the ethics of immigration have had to say with regard to invidious discrimination. In doing so, I look at both instances of direct discrimination, by which I mean discrimination that is explicitly stated in official immigration policy, and indirect discrimination, by which I mean cases where the implementation or enforcement of facially “neutral” policies nonetheless generate invidious forms of discrimination. The end goal of this chapter is not necessarily to take a side, but to outline the terrain and provide the reader with an adequate entryway into these philosophical discussions over discrimination and immigration.

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