IN AN INCREASINGLY globalized world, where the phenomenon of transnational migration is of ever greater significance, what attitude ought to be taken by the advanced states of the North and West toward the displaced persons in their midst? As Seyla Benhabib has put it, what ought to be the legal status of the "foreigners and aliens, immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers" who cross their borders and enter their territory (Benhabib, 2001a: 47)?