Sunday, February 27, 2022

Martin Kimani, the recognitation of internal boundaries, and open borders

In his speech to the United Nations Security Council on Monday, 21 February, Martin Kimani, Kenya's Permanent Representative to the UN, defended the recognition of existing international borders even in the light of the arbitrary drawing of borders in the past:  "Our borders were not of our own drawing. They were drawn in the distant colonial metropoles of London, Paris, and Lisbon with no regard for the ancient nations that they cleaved apart." Following what I learned from Joseph Carens's "The Ethics of Immigration" (2013), all international borders – especially those in Europe and North America – should be open to migration by anyone, regardless of their reasons for leaving their home countries. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 27 February 2022)


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