sst2

sst2_122- Open borders

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I believe our borders should be open. But if that is not politically acceptable for now, Europe should at least open up a legal route for people from developing countries to come work here. Over time, hopefully, we can move to a position where borders are completely open. Persuading sceptics won’t be easy. That’s why I think the argument for free migration has to be made at several levels. In principled case, it increases freedom and reduces injustice. In humanitarian case, it helps people much poorer than ourselves. In economic case, it makes us richer. In pragmatic case, it is inevitable, so it is in everyone’s interests to make the best of it. Freedom of movement is not just a matter of human rights and international solidarity. It is in our self-interest. Opening our borders may seem unrealistic. But so too, once, did abolishing slavery or giving women the vote. Campaigning for people’s right to move freely is a noble cause for our time.
Main points:
Open borders
Not being politically acceptable
Opening up a legal route
Developing countries
The argument for free migration
Increasing freedom
Reducing injustice
Helping the poor people
Freedom of movement
Human rights and international solidarity

 Other points:
Abolishing slavery
Giving women the vote
Campaigning for people’s right
The principled/humanitarian/economic/pragmatic case

Sample answer:
The lecture was about O\open borders, which comprised not being politically acceptable and opening up a legal route. The spokesperson described developing countries, and the fundamental essence of the argument for free migration emphasized the significance of increasing freedom. Ultimately, although reducing injustice could be inferred evidently from helping the poor people, the corresponding impacts of freedom of movement, human rights, and international solidarity were acknowledged. (66)

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