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The Open Borders Manifesto

Today is Open Borders day. As I wholeheartedly believe in the free global movement of goods, capital and labour I encourage my readers to have a look at the Open Borders Manifesto.

This is from the Manifesto:

Freedom of movement is a basic liberty that governments should respect and protect unless justified by extenuating circumstances. This extends to movement across international boundaries.
International law and many domestic laws already recognise the right of any individual to leave his or her country…

We believe international and domestic law should similarly extend such protections to individuals seeking to enter another country…The border enforcement status quo is both morally unconscionable and economically destructive. Border controls predominantly restrict the movement of people who bear no ill intentions. Most of the people legally barred from moving across international borders today are fleeing persecution or poverty, desire a better job or home, or simply want to see the city lights.

The border status quo bars ordinary people from pursuing the life and opportunity they desire, not because they lack merit or because they pose a danger to others. Billions of people are legally barred from realising their full potential and ambitions purely on the basis of an accident of birth: where they were born. This is both a drain on the economic and innovative potential of human societies across the world, and indefensible in any order that recognises the moral worth and dignity of every human being.

We seek legal and policy reforms that will reduce and eventually remove these bars to movement for billions of ordinary people around the world…

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4 Comments

  1. If I wanted to live in Guatemala, I would move there.

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  2. Very simplified ideas.
    Hans Werner Sinn explains that we had insufficient labor migration that could sustain the common currency.
    But we had too much social welfare migration.

    Full article (German):
    http://www.oekonomenstimme.org/artikel/2015/03/migration-in-europa-zu-viel-des-guten/

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  3. There is a big difference between a Polish engineer and an illiterate Mexican peasant.

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