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Immigrants: Your Country Needs Them

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Immigration divides our globalizing world like no other issue. We are swamped by illegal immigrants and infiltrated by terrorists, our jobs stolen, our welfare system abused, our way of life destroyed--or so we are told. At a time when National Guard units are deployed alongside vigilante Minutemen on the U.S.-Mexico border, where the death toll in the past decade now exce
Hardcover, 392 pages
Published July 15th 2007 by Princeton University Press (first published January 1st 2007)
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Frank D'hanis junior
Well-argued and well-written, but unfortunately all the praise for Israël at the end made my skin crawl.
Aug 17, 2014 Mark rated it it was amazing
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Philip Legrain’s book documents the case for immigration through cultural, economic and humanitarian necessity. Many myths are dispelled here including the supposed benefits culture that attracts lazy migrants and the “stealing” of jobs by economic migrants. Legrain’s polemic is very timely in an age of great uncertainty and propaganda from the right wing in politics to reach for a culture of blame and scapegoating those weaker than ourselves for our own problems. The benefits to developed ...more
Coco Ho
Dec 24, 2013 Coco Ho rated it really liked it
In layman language, Legrain convincingly argues for loosening border control to allow more immigrants to work and live in well off countries. Compared to millions of dollars of foreign aid, immigration is not only more effective and practical in helping people improve their living standards in developing countries, it also benefits rich countries in meeting their labour needs, as well as creates a multicultural environment for ideas to flourish and materialise, and essentially raising living ...more
May 07, 2011 Emilie rated it really liked it
An excellent argument for open borders. My only serious complaint is that Legrain still writes as though "us" and "them" exist and are clearly demarcated. True, he's talking to the people in power, the people who style themselves "us" and are capable of keeping a "them", however defined, out. But he hasn't quite made the imaginative leap to a place where this binary is irrelevant.
Aug 21, 2013 Clare rated it liked it
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Interesting thesis. Well argued, illustrated with anecdotes and statistics and made Legrain's underlying philosophy clear. But I wasn't engaged for the full 16 chapters. Later chapters addressed objections I don't have/wasn't aware of.
Gives the reasons to include immigrants in workforce policy, including stimulating the economy by having more consumers, having the benefit of well-educated people in entry-level jobs, having an infusion of people with good family values.
David Oren
Nov 22, 2014 David Oren rated it liked it
The book says immigrants are good, which I'm not so sure about. Still it was interesting to see his point of view that immigrants to developed countries actually help by filling low paying wages that other people won't fill.
Aug 14, 2008 Stephen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, politics
An excellent book setting out the arguments for migration. An excellent concise book that will challenge your perceptions of immigration.
Cassandra Wilkinson
Nov 06, 2007 Cassandra Wilkinson rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone!
That freedom of movement shouldn't be the preserve of the wealthy. the world's poor need to overcome the tyranny of borders too - for all of our sakes.
Mar 19, 2009 Ann rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
He's far too generous with the empirics of the literature he reviews, as well as with the gigantic leaps in assumptions he makes at any given time which in some instances are contradictory.
Rodolfo Quesada
Mar 13, 2013 Rodolfo Quesada rated it really liked it
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As a software engineer looking for opportunities abroad, I read this book and found it quite inspirational, but unfortunately also shows the hardships of people that want to emigrate.
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Anyone interested in the subject of migration should read this book.
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“Whenever people talk in the abstract about the pros and cons of immigration, one should not forget that immigrants are individual human beings whose lives happen not to fit neatly within national borders – and that like all human beings, they are all different.
How different, though? Different better, or different worse? Such basic questions underlie whether people are willing to accept outsiders in their midst”
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