Journal of Applied Philosophy - Early View Articles

Asylum for Sale: A Market between States that is Feasible and Desirable

Published online on Oct 11, 2017

Abstract

The asylum system faces problems on two fronts. States undermine it with populist politics, and migrants use it to satisfy their migration preferences. To address these problems, asylum services should be commodified. States should be able to pay other states to provide determination and protection‐elsewhere. In this article, I aim to identify a way of implementing this idea that is both feasible and desirable. First, I sketch a policy proposal for a commodification of asylum services. Then, I argue that this policy proposal is not only compatible with the right to asylum, but also supported by moral considerations. Despite some undesirable moral features, a market in asylum facilitates the provision of asylum to those who need it.

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

10.1111/japp.12289 About DOI

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