Welcoming migrants is a humanist duty

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Parent debateThis argument is used in the debate Should we accept immigration?.
Argument forThis argument is a “pro” argument in the debate Should we accept immigration?.
Keywords: Migrants, Humanism[ edit ].



“In addition to all these arguments, let's add that'beyond the figures and statistics - which already tend to prove that a realistic and respectful welcome is far more virtuous for the host population than a massive and violent rejection - ethical questions arise: should a human life necessarily be profitable? Are they really the cause of all our problems, or do those responsible lurk elsewhere? What do borders and hospitality mean to us, and what would we hope for in their place (which could well be ours one day)?”

Simon Verdiere, “Out of hate: 5 unfounded prejudices about immigration”, Mr. Globalization, July 21, 2023.


Arguments forJustifications

  • Argument forIt is inhuman to remain indifferent to the fate of migrants
  • Argument forOne of the foundations of ethics is welcoming the stranger
  • Argument forRefusing to welcome migrants is like refusing to welcome Jews in 1940.
  • Argument forWe take in very few migrants given Europe's resources
  • Argument forTo refuse migrants is to be racist
  • Argument forWe must not create a fortress Europe
  • Argument forUltimately, we must abolish borders
  • Argument forOnly the far right rejects migrants
  • Argument forIt is inhuman to leave people to die when they are forced to flee their homeland.
  • Argument forWe are all potential migrants

Arguments againstObjections

  • Argument againstWe can't afford to take in migrants
  • Argument againstWelcoming migrants encourages a new trade in human beings
  • Argument againstWe need to be concerned about the consequences of welcoming migrants
  • Argument againstWhy welcome these migrants to faraway Europe rather than to Muslim countries?
  • Argument againstWe have a moral duty to welcome refugees, not economic migrants
  • Argument againstHelping people to live in their own country is humanist, not uprooting them.
  • Argument againstThe pro-migrants - especially the celebrities - have a clear conscience at the expense of the country.
  • Argument againstToday's migrants are almost exclusively men, who have therefore abandoned women.

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