Moral dilemmas in migration policy: economic and commercial implications

Publication Date03 Oct 2016
AuthorRonald D. Francis,Heath S. Grow
subjectMatterAccounting & Finance,Financial risk/company failure,Financial crime
Moral dilemmas in migration
policy: economic and
commercial implications
Ronald D. Francis
College of Law and Justice, Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia, and
Heath S. Grow
Governance Research Programme, College of Law and Justice,
Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to alert commercial enterprises, and politicians, of the moral
implications of policy decisions.
Design/methodology/approach – The paper is a review of some moral issues of migration policy,
and their commercial implications.
Findings – This paper concluded that strict attention be paid to the commercial implications of
migration policy.
Research limitations/implications As this is a review paper, it does not have research
limitations. Rather, it considers the wider implications of migration policy.
Practical implications The practical implication is for a more serious consideration of the
commercial implications of policy decisions.
Social implications – The wider social benet should be to include the existing populace in such
debates and policy formulation.
Originality/value – This paper is an original look at the moral implications of migration policy
decisions with regard to the economy and commerce.
Keywords Policy, Migration, Dilemmas, Commerce, Morals
Paper type General review
It is argued that migration policy is replete with dilemmas, and ones that engage our
morals, our politics and our businesses. It is clear that such issues involve
considerations of the responsibility of the government towards those who elected them
as well as to the moral imperative to help nations with lesser benet. It is clear that the
most favoured nations on earth cannot stand by and see others not benet from such
bounty. To this end, it is argued, we need to balance doing what we can to help the
less-favoured while preserving and extending what is expected by electors from
successive governments. In all of this, the commercial and economic implications are
substantial. Such dilemmas must, it is argued, be the subject of open debate by the
electing community. It ill-becomes governments to plead secrecy of what is done in the
name of the people as well as in the name of business.
The general populace of any country is one that is enfranchised at election times.
Further, the enfranchisement is one that considers all issues together and then nds a
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dilemmas in
Journalof Financial Crime
Vol.23 No. 4, 2016
©Emerald Group Publishing Limited
DOI 10.1108/JFC-06-2015-0031

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