The ethics, economics and governance of free movement

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Ugur, Mehmet (2007)
  • Publisher: UNESCO Publishing / Berghahn Books
  • Subject: JV

One argument we pursue in this chapter is that it is difficult to make an ethical or economic case against free movement of workers. The analysis that leads to this conclusion also enables us to demonstrate that free movement is not only feasible but also more efficient compared to restrictive/protectionist policies. Another argument of the article is that a multilateral framework similar to that of World Trade Organisation (WTO) would be an optimal arrangement that would enable member countries to tackle externalities and collective action problems associated with international migration, which can be expected only to increase given the extent of globalisation and the persistence of international income inequalities.
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