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VELASCO, Juan Carlos. Open-Border Immigration Policy: A Step towards Global Justice. Migr. Inter [online]. 2016, vol.8, n.4, pp.41-72. ISSN 2594-0279.

In this article we argue for a world in which open borders are the rule and not the exception. This argument is based on the general recognition of ius migrandi as a basic right of persons. An open-border immigration policy is preferable-at least from a normative standpoint-to the typical policies designed to control or block borders through the simplistic mode of constructing walls. On the basis of a global conception of distributive justice as suggested by cosmopolitan egalitarians, we claim that open-door policies-or, failing in that, the implementation of a system of economic compensation for poor countries-provide powerful means to respond to the enormous inequalities that exist between countries and represent an appropriate way to order current migratory flows.

Keywords : immigration policy; border control; human rights; state sovereignty; distributive global justice.

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