Reconsidering the claim to family reunification in migration

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Show simple item record Honohan, Iseult 2011-06-13T13:58:51Z 2011-06-13T13:58:51Z 2008 The author en 2009-12
dc.identifier.citation Political Studies en
dc.identifier.issn 1467-9248
dc.description.abstract At a time when entrance to and residence in western states is a scarce resource, a high proportion of legal immigration is based on family reunion. It has recently been suggested that, rather than giving priority to family members, the claims of refugees should be given at least equal consideration by discriminating among family applicants by restricting admission to the immediate or nuclear family. In this paper I focus on the question why we might or might not give family reunification a high priority in admission. I first review the arguments for giving priority in admission to family members from the point of view of citizens and denizens, the state, and incomers. These include: the intrinsic value of, and right to, family life, the possibility of integration, and the agent-specific nature of the obligation. I next examine some arguments we might consider for reducing family priority in migration, namely: the inheritance of privilege, the anachronistic nature of the family, the contemporary prevalence of transnational family relationships, and the multiplier effect of family reunification. I next address the questions whether and how it might be justifiable to discriminate among family members, and if so, on what basis? I ask if restricting family reunification to immediate family is culturally discriminatory, or may run counter to the reasons we respect family life. Finally I outline some sorts of changes in current family reunification policies that may be justified on the basis of these considerations. en
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dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Political Studies Association en
dc.subject Migration en
dc.subject Family en
dc.subject.lcsh Emigration and immigration law en
dc.subject.lcsh Refugees--Legal status, laws, etc. en
dc.subject.lcsh Immigrant families en
dc.subject.lcsh Refugee families en
dc.title Reconsidering the claim to family reunification in migration en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.internal.availability Full text available en
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dc.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.volume 57 en
dc.identifier.issue 4 en
dc.identifier.startpage 768 en
dc.identifier.endpage 787 en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1111/j.1467-9248.2008.00761.x
dc.neeo.contributor Honohan|Iseult|aut| en

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