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Per Bylund: Refugees, Property Rights, and Open Borders

Per Bylund on Mises Weekends

Tags Big GovernmentGlobal EconomyWar and Foreign Policy

09/11/2015Per BylundJeff Deist

Our guest this weekend is Professor Per Bylund, whose article on immigration elicited plenty of discussion on and social media earlier this week. Dr. Bylund argues that property rights, not government immigration policies, should serve as the natural regulator of immigration and human movement. Since the state is never legitimate, "open borders" is conceptually irrelevant. Our focus as libertarians should be on property, freedom of association, and the equally important freedom of dissociation. Migrants do not enjoy unbridled freedom of movement when such movement becomes a matter of trespass.

We discuss several arguments made by Hans Hermann Hoppe regarding externalities caused by forced integration and "public lands." As usual, the problem lies with states themselves: disruptive wars and bad economic policies cause tremendous human dislocations, while welfare state incentives encourage immigration for the wrong reasons.

If you're interested in the divisive topic of immigration from a libertarian perspective, stay tuned.

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Contact Per Bylund

Per Bylund is associateprofessor of entrepreneurship & Records-Johnston Professor of Free Enterprise in the School of Entrepreneurship at Oklahoma State University. Website:

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Jeff Deist is president of the Mises Institute. He previously worked as chief of staff to Congressman Ron Paul, and as an attorney for private equity clients. Contact: email; Twitter.