Westphalia, Migration, and Feudal Privilege
Keywords:Westphalian Treaties, sovereignty, feudal privilege, migration, territory
AbstractMost people acquire citizenship at birth; and modern liberal states regulate the migration of non-citizens as a matter of their sovereignty. Do contemporary border and migration controls based on citizenship therefore enforce the continuation of feudal birth privilege? In this paper I interrogate this question by examining the role of migration controls in the Westphalian Treaties, which define a milestone in the development of territorial state sovereign. I find that the Treaties assumed that a sovereign’s subjects are not free to cross territorial borders, and that migration controls continue to enforce birth privilege. However, while feudal sovereigns ruled by bondage, modern liberal states rule by exclusion.
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Bauder, H. (2018). Westphalia, Migration, and Feudal Privilege. Migration Letters, 15(3), 333–346. https://doi.org/10.33182/ml.v15i3.356
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