Quality of Government and the Treatment of Immigrants

Marcus Agnafors
Department of Philosophy, Lund University, Sweden

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Ingår i: Proceedings from The 49th Societas Ethica Annual Conference 2012; Theme: Ethics and Migration; August 23-26; 2012; Lucian Blaga University Sibiu; Romania

Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings 97:1, s. 1-12

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Publicerad: 2014-04-24

ISBN: 978-91-7519-297-0

ISSN: 1650-3686 (tryckt), 1650-3740 (online)


Normative questions concerning the treatment of immigrants can be approached from various perspectives: consequentialistic; deontological; fairness-based; rectificatory; or similar. In this paper; the implications of the idea of quality of government for the treatment of immigrants are examined. It is argued that an acceptable definition of quality of governance includes a principle of beneficence; which prescribes a beneficial treatment of immigrants whenever laws and policies allow. The principle; which is not novel in itself; is presented in a more specified form and is provided with a philosophical justification.


Quality of government; immigration ethics; principle of beneficence; com- munity principle; immigration policy


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