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Human mobility is one of life’s precious assets. Not only that, it is also a worthy goal in terms of the private existence and activity of each individual, while in turn representing an essential element of collective life. Accounting for the principal means by which communities emerge from their isolation, cross paths, mingle with and learn from one another, paving the way for new patterns of hybrid conduct, fresh ideas, new habits arising from such interaction, giving rise to new, outward-looking families. For man is, by his very nature, a social creature. We would be well advised to mix with others, to welcome them, to communicate, share and work with them, to do things in partnership. Their presence alongside us and in our midst is something of value. The 1948 Declaration of Human Rights has one major shortcoming, for it overlooks the right to mobility, though it does touch on related areas (the freedom of movement within and the right to leave one’s own country). But what is the basis for these two rights? Is each one a separate right in and of itself? Which of man’s essential needs underpin such rights? Human mobility is both a value and a right, in terms of individuals and populations as a whole. What is the best way to approach such mobility? What mistakes should be avoided? This book seeks to find an answer to all such questions.
Lorenzo Peña received his doctorate in Philosophy from University of Liege and a doctorate in Law from the University of Madrid. He is currently a professor of Philosophy at the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador. He is also the author of Poesías, Los derechos positivos, Fundamentos de ontologia dialectica, amongst many others. Txetxu Ausín is a scientist at the Institute of Philosophy, and has been a professor at various universities. He is the creator and director of the DILEMATA project, an online magazine portal of applied ethics.