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In for a Penny, or: If you Disapprove of Investment Migration, Why Do You Approve of High-Skilled Migration?

Lior ErezORCID iD: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8025-5905
Published Online: 2019-10-09 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mopp-2018-0083


While many argue investment-based criteria for immigration are wrong or at least problematic, skill-based criteria remain relatively uncontroversial. This is normatively inconsistent. This article assesses three prominent normative objections to investment-based selection criteria for immigrants: (i) that they wrongfully discriminate between prospective immigrants (ii) that they are unfair, and (iii) that they undermine political equality among citizens. It argues that either skill-based criteria are equally susceptible to these objections, or that investment-based criteria are equally shielded from them. Indeed, in some ways investment-based criteria are less normatively problematic than skill-based criteria. Given this analysis, the resistance to investment-based migration criteria, but not to skill-based criteria, is inconsistent.

Keywords: discrimination; ethics of immigration; equality of opportunity; investment migration; political equality


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Published Online: 2019-10-09

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