Wayne Palmer. 2014. Review of The Price of Rights: Regulating International Labour Migration,by Martin Ruhs, Princeton: Princeton University Press 2013. Pp. 254. Asia Pacific Migration Journal 23 (1): 127-128.
The Price of Rights makes a brave contribution to the debate on the ethics of immigration policy and the restrictions it imposes on the legal rights of migrant workers. Martin Ruhs persuasively shows that sending countries’ calls for high-income countries to admit more migrants and human rights advocates’ demands that migrants are given equal rights to citizens are objectives that have a negative relationship with one another. The central argument is that greater openness is possible if we accept the restriction of specific rights, namely voting rights, free choice of employment, equal access to public benefits, family reunion and permanent residence or citizenship.