• book

From the Publisher

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 exceeds 9/11's, Philippe Legrain has written the first book about immigration that looks beyond the headlines. Why are ever-rising numbers of people from poor countries arriving in the United States, Europe, and Australia? Can we keep them out? Should we even be trying?

Combining compelling firsthand reporting from around the world, incisive socioeconomic analysis, and a broad understanding of what's at stake politically and culturally, Immigrants is a passionate but lucid book. In our open world, more people will inevitably move across borders, Legrain says--and we should generally welcome them. They do the jobs we can't or won't do--and their diversity enriches us all. Left and Right, free marketeers and campaigners for global justice, enlightened patriots--all should rally behind the cause of freer migration, because They need Us and We need Them.

Published: Princeton University Press on
ISBN: 9781400865413
List price: $24.95
Read on Scribd mobile: iPhone, iPad and Android.
Availability for Immigrants: Your Country Needs Them
With a 30 day free trial you can read online for free
  1. This book can be read on up to 6 mobile devices.

Related Articles

Fortune
1 min read

Canada’s Brain Gain Strategy

NO ISSUE has driven the politics of the 2016 election like immigration. Donald Trump has capitalized on economic and racial anxieties by promising to build a wall on the Mexican border. Liberals, meanwhile, have driven up Google searches for “move to Canada,” worrying Trump will win. A better solution for disillusioned voters isn’t decamping for Canada, though, but emulating it—particularly when it comes to immigration. According to a 2016 survey by the Public Religion Research Institute and the Brookings Institution, 61% of white working-class voters believe immigrants weaken the U.S. by ta
Foreign Policy
5 min read
Politics

A Blow To The Soul

Donald Trump has a heart full of fear. The world terrifies him. It’s not just the terror threat he overstates or his overt dread of facts, science, or democratic processes. No, Trump also apparently fears schoolchildren in sunny American suburbs—immigrants and refugees often left with nothing but the scars of war. We know this because he has prioritized turning the might of the most powerful government in the world against these innocents. Rather than addressing the threats posed by an ill-intentioned Russian government or following up on his tough talk about a rising China, the new president
The Atlantic
4 min read

How Immigrants Have Contributed to American Inventiveness

Immigrants have helped generate some of America’s most beloved inventions. Alexander Graham Bell, born in Scotland, helped develop the telephone. David Lindquist, a Swede, was the chief engineer at Otis, and pioneered the electric elevator. Herman Frasch, born in Germany, worked in America on a process that would become fracking. Countries don’t only welcome immigrants because they are good inventors; the best argument for allowing people to migrate from places of conflict or economic malaise might be basic human decency—which is one reason there is so much uproar over President Trump’s execut