The Ethics and Politics of Asylum: Liberal Democracy and the Response to Refugees

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Cambridge University Press, Jul 8, 2004 - Law - 287 pages
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Over the last two decades, asylum has become a highly charged political issue across developed countries. This book draws upon political and ethical theory and an examination of the experiences of the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom and Australia to consider how to respond to the challenges of asylum. In addition to explaining why asylum has emerged as such a key political issue, it provides a compelling account of how states could move towards implenting morally defensible responses to refugees.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
community citizenship and the defence of closure
23
freedom equality and open borders
59
the rise and fall of a right to asylum
85
the value of asylum
107
the making and breaking of a refugee consensus
132
restricting asylum resettling refugees
166
reckoning with the state politics and consequences
194
8 Liberal democratic states and ethically defensible asylum practices
229
List of references
261
Index
279
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Matthew J. Gibney is Elizabeth Colson Lecturer in Forced Migration at the Refugee Studies Centre, Queen Elizabeth House, University of Oxford, and Official Fellow of Linacre College, Oxford. He has published many articles on asylum and immigration and is the editor of Globalizing Rights: The Oxford Amnesty Lectures (2003). He is the editor (with Randall Hansen) of a three-volume encyclopedia Immigration and Asylum: From 1900 to the Present (2005).

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