Settlement, expulsion, and return

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This article discusses two normative questions raised by cases of colonial settlement. First, is it sometimes wrong to migrate and settle in a previously inhabited land? If so, under what conditions? Second, should settler countries ever take steps to undo wrongful settlement, by enforcing repatriation and return? The article argues that it is wrong to settle in another country in cases where (1) one comes with intent to colonize the population against their will, or (2) one possesses an adequate territorial base somewhere else, lacks an urgent interest in moving, and seeks to settle in a new place under conditions where settlement would severely harm the practices of prior occupants. It also argues for a presumption of repatriation and return in the first generation of wrongful settlement and holds that these remedies may be extended to second and higher generations in some – but not all – cases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)351-374
Number of pages24
JournalPolitics, Philosophy and Economics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 1 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Philosophy
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Economics and Econometrics


  • Israel
  • colonialism
  • return
  • territory


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