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A Libertarian Case for Free Immigration

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07/30/2014Walter Block

In this paper I will attempt to analyze laws limiting emigration, migration, and immigration from the libertarian perspective. I will defend the view that the totally free movement of goods, factors of production, money, and, most important of all, people, is part and parcel of this traditional libertarian philosophy. Like tariffs and exchange controls, migration barriers of whatever type are egregious violations of laissez-faire capitalism.

Volume 13, Number 2 (1998)


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Block, Walter. "A Libertarian Case for Free Immigration." Journal of Libertarian Studies 13, No. 2 (1998): 167–186.