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Migration and cooperative infrastructures

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Lorenzo Del Savio, Giulia Cavaliere, Matteo Mameli

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)425–444
JournalPhilosophy & Technology
Issue number3
Early online date23 Feb 2018
Accepted/In press9 Feb 2018
E-pub ahead of print23 Feb 2018
Published15 Sep 2019


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A proper understanding of the moral and political significance of migration requires a focus on global inequalities. More specifically, it requires a focus on those global inequalities that affect people’s ability to participate in the production of economic goods and non-economic goods (e.g., relationships of intimacy and care, opportunities for self-expression, well-functioning institutions, etc.). We call cooperative infrastructures the complex material and immaterial technologies that allow human beings to cooperate in order to generate human goods. By enabling migrants to access high-quality cooperative infrastructures, migration contributes to the diffusion of technical and socio-political innovations. In this way, it positively affects the ability of individuals from poorer countries to participate in the production of human goods, to benefit from such production, and to contribute to human development. Migration can also damage the material and immateri al components of the cooperative infrastructures accessible in both the host and sending countries; these potential downsides of migration should not be ignored, although arguably they can often be neutralized, alleviated, or compensated.

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