The Normative Significance of Being a Foreign Resident

When discussing the normative issues regarding immigration, literature seems to focus more on the phase of immigrant admissions and exclusions, exploring the ethical grounds of states' rights to control borders and to decide who is entitled to enter. And it often tends to be less interested in the phase after the admissions, or the problem on what sorts of moral status a migrant obtains when settling in a country whose nationality s/he does not possess. This paper will address the latter problem by considering the normative significance of being a foreign resident concerning her/his relationships with that country or its citizens. In so doing, it will also attempt to evaluate the distinction between nationality and residence, the basic framework of analysis our panel seeks to introduce for examining various fields of law, from a normative point of view.