Emigration in a Time of Cholera: Freedom, Brain Drain and Human Rights

Kieran Oberman

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Abstract / Description of output

Can brain drain justify curtailing the right to emigrate? This article
presents what might be called an “emergency justification” for emigration
restrictions, one that defends the curtailment of a right as a means to
prevent a severe cost. The justification presented in this article contrasts
with the positions taken by Gillian Brock and Michael Blake in their highly
engaging book Debating Brain Drain. While both authors mention the
possibility of an emergency justification, neither pays it sufficient attention.
As a result, both list various conditions for justifying emigration restrictions
that prove superfluous. This article thus criticizes Brock and Blake for their
treatment of emigration restrictions. But it also criticizes them for failing
to condemn the more pressing danger: unjustified immigration restrictions.
Original languageEnglish
Article number5
Pages (from-to)87-108
Number of pages21
JournalLaw, Ethics and Philosophy
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 30 Apr 2017

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • emigration
  • immigration
  • freedom
  • brain drain
  • human rights
  • Michael Blake
  • Gillian Brock


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