Below are listed some extremely well known and influential libertarian thinkers (not necessarily known for their stance on immigration) and their views on immigration. For a list of contemporary libertarian (and other) thinkers who have advocated for open borders, see the pro-open borders people page. For more on the libertarian case for immigration, see libertarian case.
|Thinker name||Birth and death years||Views on immigration|
|Frédéric Bastiat||1801-1850||Bastiat did not directly cover the topic of immigration much, but some sources interpret his writings as supportive of free migration.|
|Milton Friedman||1912-2006||Supported open borders conditional to dismantling of the welfare state (which he also supported). More details here.|
|Murray Rothbard||1926-1995||Started out as pro-immigration, but came out in opposition to open borders in his later life. He formulated and inspired many of the anti-immigration arguments based on the anarcho-capitalist counterfactual, a thread of argument taken up by Hans-Hermann Hoppe. More on Rothbard’s views here.|
|Ayn Rand||1905-1982||Herself an “illegal immigrant,” Rand supported free immigration. More here.|
|Friedrich Hayek||1899-1992||Viewed free immigration as desirable in the long run but felt that open borders at present might lead to a nativist backlash, according to this source.|