Political theorists have debated for some time whether there is a human right to free movement across international borders. This talk distinguishes the ethics of refugee admission, economic immigration, and free movement, and argues that the latter is more usefully understood as a right that states ought to grant to each other’s citizens.
Rainer Bauböck holds the chair in social and political theory at the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the European University Institute. His research interests are in normative political theory and comparative research on democratic citizenship, European integration, migration, nationalism and minority rights. Together with Jo Shaw (University of Edinburgh) and Maarten Vink (University of Maastricht), he coordinates GLOBALCIT, an online observatory on citizenship and voting rights. His most recent book is: Democratic Inclusion. Rainer Bauböck in Dialogue (Manchester University Press, December 2017).
This lecture is hosted by the Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility.