Citizenship and Exclusion by Veit Bader (eds.)

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The reaction in these wealthy countries was quiet relief: their governments raised no objections and their media largely ignored the event. The governments of the poorer countries went along as well in the interest of making the treaty universal. It is the poor persons, in any case, who can least afford being shut out from this common heritage of humankind. And so, for rather trivial gains, 24 one viable and morally plausible opportunity of raising funds for poverty eradication through the sale of seabed mining rights has been lost.

The present paragraph does not apply to them. 3 per cent of their combined GNP, in 1994. Of this, less than one quarter went to the least developed countries. 44 per cent for the least developed countries). 04 per cent for the least developed countries). Though Norway, Sweden, Denmark and the Netherlands together have only 13 per cent of the US population and 12 per cent of US GNP, they spend more than the US on aid for the least developed countries. For all these 1994 data, see UNDP 1996, pp. 199, 203, 208.

Why do most of those who care about needy foreigners at all think in terms of taking people in, rather than in terms of alleviating the terrible conditions that make them want to come here in the first place? To make my argument complete, I should be able to explain why this is so and also to show that any reasons others might have for thinking as they do are not good reasons. One possible explanation is patriotism. g. in France and the US. Nor do I have in mind the chauvinist view that only Europeans with their rich history and political traditions can govern a country well, though this view, too, seems to have some adherents, albeit a dying breed.

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