Helen Frowe (Stockholm University): "Refugee Discrimination and Offsetting the Costs of Rescue"

Tue, May 4, 2021, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
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Virtual
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Open To Princeton students, fellows & faculty
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Program in Ethics and Public Affairs

 

ABSTRACT:  Consider Refuge:

Refuge: Alice and Betty face equally grave harms in their own countries, and can avoid these harms only by resettlement abroad. France is considering whether to admit Alice or Betty. Alice speaks French and will be able to work. Her contributions to the French economy will offset any financial costs of her rescue. Betty does not speak French, will struggle to learn, and will not be able to work. She will not offset the costs of her rescue. 

In this talk, I will argue that, other things being equal, the French government is morally required to take into account Alice’s ability to offset the cost of her resettlement. I do not argue that France must prioritise Alice’s admission over Betty’s. I argue that, in the absence of countervailing non-financial costs, France must admit Alice and their doing so has no bearing on whether they may exclude Betty. This is true even if France has already met its refugee quota (in a sense to be explored) and any further admissions are thus seemingly supererogatory. The financial costs of resettling refugees who can offset those financial costs are illegitimate grounds for excluding those refugees. 

Helen Frowe is Professor of Practical Philosophy and Knut and Alice Wallenberg Scholar at Stockholm University, where she directs the Stockholm Centre for the Ethics of War and Peace. She has longstanding research interests in permissible harming, particularly defensive harming and the ethics of war. She is currently working on the nature and scope of our duties to prevent harm, ways of being implicated in other people’s wrongdoing, and the protection of cultural heritage in war. She is the author of Defensive Killing (OUP, 2014) and The Ethics of War and Peace: An Introduction (Routledge, 2011; 2015). Her recent work has appeared in Ethics, Philosophy and Public Affairs, Philosophical Studies, Oxford Studies in Political Philosophy and Journal of Applied Philosophy.

BIO:  Helen Frowe is Professor of Practical Philosophy and Knut and Alice Wallenberg Scholar at Stockholm University, where she directs the Stockholm Centre for the Ethics of War and Peace. She has longstanding research interests in permissible harming, particularly defensive harming and the ethics of war. She is currently working on the nature and scope of our duties to prevent harm, ways of being implicated in other people’s wrongdoing, and the protection of cultural heritage in war. She is the author of Defensive Killing (OUP, 2014) and The Ethics of War and Peace: An Introduction (Routledge, 2011; 2015). Her recent work has appeared in Ethics, Philosophy and Public Affairs, Philosophical Studies, Oxford Studies in Political Philosophy and Journal of Applied Philosophy.

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