A Libertarian Case for Free Immigration

Journal of Libertarian Studies, Vol. 13, No. 2, pp. 167-186, Summer 1998

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Walter E. Block

Loyola University New Orleans - Joseph A. Butt, S.J. College of Business

Date Written: 1998

Abstract

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.

Suggested Citation

Block, Walter E., A Libertarian Case for Free Immigration (1998). Journal of Libertarian Studies, Vol. 13, No. 2, pp. 167-186, Summer 1998. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1881055

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