Borders and Duties to the Displaced: Ethical Perspectives on the Refugee Protection System

Author: David Hollenbach

August 8, 2018

This essay by Fr. David Hollenbach, S.J., proposes multiple ethical considerations and frameworks to be applied in addressing the global crises that necessitate refugee protection. He explores the history and ethical obligations and challenges of the nation-state system and its borders. To accomplish this, Hollenbach draws on classical ethical traditions as well as religious traditions. He argues that there are situations in which the duty to assist refugees is more urgent than the duty to one's co-citizens. The article was published in the Journal on Migration and Human Security.

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