- Hardcover: 392 pages
- Publisher: Princeton University Press; 1st Princeton Ed edition (July 15, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0691134316
- ISBN-13: 978-0691134314
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,550,814 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Immigrants: Your Country Needs Them 1st Princeton Ed Edition
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"Mr. Legrain performs an invaluable service; he makes a good case for the unpopular cause of free flows of people. The book is a superb combination of direct reportage with detailed analysis of the evidence."--Martin Wolf, Financial Times
"Mr. Legrain has assembled powerful evidence to undermine the economic arguments against immigration."--Economist
"In all important respects Legrain is right on target. In the context of the fearful chatter that surrounds the subject, sense as good as this needs cherishing."--Guardian
"Immigrants boldly challenges the conventional thinking at every turn. [Legrain] makes a powerful case that free movement of people is just as beneficial as the free movement of goods and capital. The book is carefully written; the argumentation is never slapdash stuff of the xenophobes. [A]n extraordinary book, making the best case I have ever read for an open-border policy."--George C. Leef, Regulation Magazine
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"We expect crisp writing and careful analysis from Philippe Legrain. In Immigrants, he adds reporting from across the world and a passionate defense of our freedom to cross borders. By turns logical, daring, and compassionate, this is a terrific book."--Tim Harford, author of The Undercover Economist
"The single best non-technical defense of a liberal immigration policy. What I liked most was how it put U.S. debates in a broader context; most American sources don't do this.... The book is original in this regard, yet without moving beyond easily understood arguments."--Tyler Cowen, author of Discover Your Inner Economist
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Legrain also makes very good arguments in favor of immigration. He shows the needs of the developed world for more people, how migration helps the sending countries and the tremendous benefit it gives to migrants. He uses examples from around the world to make these powerful arguments but they are not the best part of the book. Philippe Legrain is also passionate about immigration. In almost every chapter after he makes the rational argument he also makes the emotional arguments. After taking about the border control situation in the EU and the USA he writes, "all our immigration controls have is a veneer of decency, which conveniently allows us to turn a blind eye to their terrible consequences."
At the end of his introduction Legrain writes "If you believe that the world is an unequal place and that the rich should do more to help the poor, then freer international migration should be the next front in the battle for global economic justice." He then makes a compelling case to show the truth of this assertion. Well done.
It let me the impression that he collected his arguments after a cocaine fuelled brainstorming session.
He presents the usual "RATIONAL" arguments in favour of immigration: economic benefits, alleviation of labour shortages, increase in entrepreneurship, alleviation of the pension crisis, etc.
However, his account of the rational benefits is biased because he does not consider the costs too: increased criminality, terrorism threats, a burden on the health service, etc.
Then he augments his "rational" arguments with emotional (IRRATIONAL) ones: increased diversity is good, the mixing of races is good, equity, equality, fraternity, the fight against fascism, peace, etc.
On the other hand, the author dismisses the critics of his pro-immigration views as "racists" because he considers their arguments "irrational". So it seems that according to him some emotional arguments are more proper than others - the "racist" ones.
THE AUTHOR JUST GIVES CREDENCE TO THE BELIEF THAT THE TRUE REASON WHY WE HAVE SO MANY FOREIGNERS IN EUROPE IS THAT A DANGEROUS POLITICAL ELITE OPENED THE DOOR TO IMMIGRATION NOT FOR THE SAKE OF OUR NATIONAL BENEFIT BUT FOR THEIR OWN CRETIN IDEOLOGICAL MOTIVES.