A Libertarian Case for Free Immigration
Journal of Libertarian Studies, Vol. 13, No. 2, pp. 167-186, Summer 1998
20 Pages Posted: 10 Jul 2011
Date Written: 1998
In this paper I will attempt to analyze laws limiting emigration, migration, and immigration from the libertarian perspective. I will defend the view that the totally free movement of goods, factors of production, money, and, most important of all, people, is part and parcel of this traditional libertarian philosophy. Like tariffs and exchange controls, migration barriers of whatever type are egregious violations of laissez-faire capitalism.
I begin by briefly reviewing the libertarian philosophical perspective. Next, I appraise each of these elements of the movement of peoples from this vantage point. Then, I consider - and reject - a series of possible objections. I conclude with an overview.
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