Mugak, harresiak eta giza mugikortasuna: marko teoriko-normatiboa

Translated title of the contribution: Borders, walls, and human mobility: a theoretical and normative framework

Borja Niño Arnaiz

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This work aims to contribute to the construction of a theoretical-normative framework of borders in the current context of international migrations. The first part of the article is devoted to the review of the different concepts and the historical evolution of borders, as well as to problematize the contemporary border regime. One of the main theses of the article is that the border is a functional concept, and as such, it cannot be understood apart from the main three functions it performs: legal-political, symbolic and flow regulation. A fourth function will be added: to spatially circumscribe opportunities, raised by cosmopolitan concerns about the unjust consequences that such an arbitrary and morally irrelevant fact as the drawing of borders has on people’s lives. The second part of the article is devoted precisely to the analysis of borders from the perspective of global justice. To this end, the proposal of open borders is examined and the need to rethink them from this perspective is asserted.
Translated title of the contributionBorders, walls, and human mobility: a theoretical and normative framework
Original languageUndefined
Pages (from-to)56-78
Number of pages23
JournalInguruak. Revista Vasca de Sociología y Ciencia Política
Issue number71
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2021
Externally publishedYes


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