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Do we have a moral duty to offer severely ill asylum-seeking children residence permits?
Linköping University, Department of Culture and Communication, Centre for Applied Ethics.
2006 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Magister), 20 points / 30 hpStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Do we have a moral duty to offer severely ill asylum- seeking children permanent residence permits?

This thesis analyses our moral duty to offer 410 severely ill asylum-seeking children permanent residence permits. During 2004 an emotionally charged debate started in Sweden. The debate concerned the deportation of 410 severely ill asylum- seeking children and their families. For this and other reasons Sweden was criticized by the United Nations commission along with human rights organizations for being too restrictive in its migration and asylum politics. My thesis outlines the migration and asylum debate and the refugee situation in the world at present together with facts about how the asylum procedure takes place in Sweden. Further I draw upon medical research connected to the asylum procedure along with how the Swedish Government and Save the Children respond to the migration and asylum debate.

I also explore which rights, in terms of legal implications and ethical principles, these children have. Additional I outline theories in political philosophy from the utilitarian and communitarian tradition. The two philosophers I refer to are Michael Walzer and Peter Singer to apply their views to my primary question. Finally, I reach a critical analysis where I summarize and discuss my research. In the end I offer my final reflections in order to further debate on migration and asylum issues.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Centrum för tillämpad etik , 2006. , 56 p.
Keyword [en]
children, asylum seekers, migration and asylum debate, ethical principles Utilitarianism, Communitarianism
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-7555ISRN: LIU-CTE-AE-EX--06/16--SEOAI: diva2:22564
2006-09-23, Key, Key, Linköpings University 58183, Linköping, 10:00
Available from: 2006-10-07 Created: 2006-10-07

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