Good fences make good neighbours: A Philosophical perspective and the changing dynamics of global immigration and Diaspora

Author:   Prachy Hooda
Publisher:   GRFDT
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The objective of the study is to delve into the theoretical aspect of the phenomenon of immigration as well as the changing nature of global immigration with respect to four recent political events that have been noticed in the recent past in the Global North. The former would involve the two diverse philosophical strands of the communal argument signifying the importance of national boundaries (thus restricting immigration) and the other being the opposite strand of multiculturalism that would emphasise on the coexistence of cultural plurality. The study will try to answer questions related to patriotism and communal attachments (through Rousseau) and the moral significance of national boundaries (through Michael Walzer) in order to analyse why the citizens have obligations and special responsibilities to one another and not to other people in the world. This would help to understand the opposition for generous immigration policies (as is the trend in contemporary times). The parochial tendencies of such understandings will be countered by the ideas of Multiculturalism to be understood through the theory of scholar Bhikhu Parekh. 

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