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The Social and Economic Integration of Refugees in Portugal: A Normative Assessment of Moral Duties, Public Policies, and Social Values

 

FCT Project: PTDC/FER-ETC/30378/2017

 

Grant: € 238.640,50

 

Period: 15.9.2018-14.9.2021

 

Summary

The right to asylum is lively debated all over Europe. The scope of the duties of assistance is discussed in the public sphere under difficult circumstances. The size of the migratory waves raises fears of cultural conflicts with newcomers; conceptions of national sovereignty that ascribe asymmetrical public duties to citizens and non-citizens aim to put a limit on universal moral duties; the costs of assistance, and the burden that the integration of an ever growing number of asylum-seekers implies, discourage even those who do in principle recognise a primacy of universal individual rights over state power. Facing a continuous flow of asylum seekers traversing the Mediterranean, the European Union is discussing a reform of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS) so as to live up to the potentially conflicting expectations of humanitarian aid and border control. Reform plans include a harmonisation of the standards of assistance, a truly common asylum procedure, and a redistribution of the burdens of assistance among Member States. Philosophers have best chances to give a significant contribution to the debate through a variety of analytical tools. They can rely on the rich literature on the philosophy of migrations seeking a "reflective equilibrium" between different and at times conflicting moral claims, such as universalism on the one hand, and the duties towards our fellow citizens that we take upon us, on the other. They can perform a normative scrutiny of the most common normative arguments that have currency in European public opinions, and give thus useful insights into the plausibility of claims raised in public debates. Last, but not least, they can enrich the well developed normative literature with an overdue empirically informed analysis of the specific dilemmas that face asylum policies in many European countries. Beyond the theoretical dilemma between universalism and states sovereignty, a relationship can be assumed between duties and capacities of assistance. The proposal checks the hypothesis that such a relationship is not only one of mutual limitation: successful integration policies change the context to which normative arguments apply, and widen (or restrict) the scope of integration policies to the extent that states manage to turn the integration of third country nationals into a win-win game between newcomers and citizens in the medium to long term. The proposal checks the hypothesis that the Portuguese decades-long experience of integration of refugees indicates that practices of integration exert an influence on normative intuitions and claims and, recursively, on the practices they inform. The project therefore implements an empirically informed, and therefore interdisciplinary, analysis of integration policies so as to draw more general conclusions concerning our (performable) duties of assistance against the background of the European debate on the reform of CEAS.

 

Team

Gabriele De Angelis (PI)

Maria Margarida Marques (Co-PI)

Ana Maria Bigotte Vieira

André dos Santos de Campos

Daniel Veloso

Dina Mendonça

Diogo da Nóbrega e Silva

Elizabeth Pilar Challinor

Yvette dos Santos

Liliana Rosa

Maria Irene Aparício

Marta Fiolic

Marta Silva

Regina Queiroz

Sina Knoll

Susana Cadilha

 

Latest News

Theory and Practices of Assistance and Reception. Project Research Colloquium, FCSH, 15 September 2018

Universalism or Local Commitmens: A Methodological and Metaethical Approach. EpLab Reading Group/Project Research Colloquium, FCSH, 10 October 2018

The Portuguese Asylum Sysytem: Discussing the Research Design. Project Research Colloquium, FCSH, 20 November 2018

 

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Dina Mendonça, "Kant on the Moral Cultivation of Feelings"

April 17, 2019

EPLab Masterclass Series

Theory and Practice of global governance: topical issues

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Ethics and Political Theory Reading Group

Luís Miguel Simões, "The Double Mouvement in Polanyi and Hayek:…

March 20, 2019

Ethics and Political Theory Reading Group

Jorge Gonçalves, "A Darwinian Dilemma for Realist Theories of Value"

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Masterclass on Wittgenstein’s Epistemology of Religion

Alois Pichler (University of Bergen)

February 22, 2019

Ethics and Political Theory Reading Group

António Marques, What We Owe to Each Other (excerpt)

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Ethics and Political Theory Reading Group

Giovanni Damele, "On the Rationality of Democratic Choice"

February 06, 2019

Ethics and Political Theory Reading Group

Erich Rast, "How to accept the transitivity of better than"

January 23, 2019

2nd ERB Project Lecture

Wagner Teles de Oliveira

January 14, 2019

Book Symposium

Nuno Venturinha's Description of Situations

December 10, 2018

1st ERB Project Lecture

Maria Filomena Molder

December 10, 2018

3rd NOVA Doctoral Conference in Epistemology

Knowledge, Morality and Society

December 05, 2018

Ethics and Political Theory Reading Group

Filipe Faria, "The New Darwinian Naturalism in Political Theory"

November 21, 2018

Intensive PhD Seminar in Epistemology of Religion

Vicente Sanfélix Vidarte (University of Valencia)

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Ethics and Political Theory Reading Group

Pedro Abreu, "Deliberation and agreement"

November 07, 2018

Ethics and Political Theory Reading Group

Javier de Prado Salas, "Moral Testimony"

October 24, 2018

Ethics and Political Theory Reading Group

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Political Identity on the Threshold

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O Euro e a soberania económica

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June 22, 2018

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Giovanni Damele, "Another Italian thought: elite theory and political realism"

June 21, 2018

Ethics and Political Theory Reading Group

Erich Rast, "Value Disagreement and Two Aspects of Meaning"

May 24, 2018

Rules, normativity and values: revisiting the Kantian perspective and its critics

EpLab Conference

May 14, 2018

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John Gibbons, "Things That Make Things Reasonable"

May 10, 2018

EPLAB Masterclass Series

Santoni de Sio

May 04, 2018

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Gilbert Harman, "Moral Realism is Moral Relativism"

April 19, 2018

Ethics and Political Theory Reading Group

Berit Brogaard, "Moral Contextualism and Moral Relativism"

April 05, 2018

Ethics and Political Theory Reading Group

Ronald de Sousa, "Moral Emotions"

March 12, 2018

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Uriah Kriegel, "Moral Phenomenology: Foundational issues"

February 22, 2018

Ethics and Political Theory Reading Group

Introduction to "A Treatise of Human Nature", D. Hume

January 18, 2018

Ethics and Political Theory Reading Group

"The Force of Law", F. Schauer

December 13, 2017

Ethics and Political Theory Reading Group

"The Priority of Democracy to Philosophy", R. Rorty

November 30, 2017

EPLAB Masterclass Series

Terry Eagleton - Marx and Morality

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