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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Immigration

David Weissbrodt

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 20 April 2019

Subject(s):
Immigration — Migration — Citizenship — Rights holders — Arbitrary (unreasonable) & discriminatory treatment standard — Non-discrimination

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1 Immigration is defined as the act of entering a country other than one’s country of origin and settling there permanently. Immigrants are, at least initially, aliens , that is, persons who do not possess the nationality of a given State . Immigration is distinct from travel of a temporary nature—eg for study, trade, or tourism—although many individuals may initially migrate without intending to settle permanently ( Migration ). Immigrants migrate for complex economic, social, and political reasons. Many immigrants are compelled to leave their homelands in search...
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