Are nations right to shut borders against refugees of particular country?

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Lena Schipper, The Economist

Immigration policy has always been a touchy subject in Western liberal democracies.

But the impact of the Syrian refugee crisis in Europe and the policies of the Trump administration in America have recently brought it further to the fore.

Time to take a look at the fundamental questions underlying these debates: How, if at all, can the preferences of existing citizens to retain their familiar environment and reject the change that newcomers bring be reconciled with the wishes of those fleeing conflict or simply seeking a better life in the West? Are there good reasons for excluding certain people from living in a particular country? Or should the borders simply be thrown open?

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