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Should countries accept immigrants?

Donald Trump wants to build a wall. The United Kingdom tries to leave the European Union in an attempt to regain sovereignty over its borders. Every year, thousands of people drown in the Mediterranean while trying to cross over into the EU. At the same time, many European countries sell citizenship to wealthy individuals. Do states have a right to pick and choose who may enter into their respective territories?

Yes, countries should accept immigrants

Immigrants fill niches in the labor market, work hard to build a better life for themselves, and ultimately boost the host country's economy. Immigrants benefit the high-tech and biotech industries too. They also contribute to education and philanthropy. There are purely philosophical cases for immigration as well, such as the egalitarian case and the libertarian case.

Immigrants positively affect the economy

The continual influx of immigrants positively affects three crucial elements of the economy: the labour market, economic growth, and public finance.

People have the right to live wherever they want

Cosmopolitan egalitarians argue that borders should stay open because people have the right to migrate to wherever they want. The desire to migrate and settle in a more prosperous country is a purely rational one. Open borders is a good response to the huge economic inequalities in the world.

The liberal state must allow freedom of movement for citizens and non-citizens

Those who are not currently citizens of a particular liberal state should enjoy the same rights are those who are already citizens. When a liberal state disallows non-citizens entry into its territory, it negates their liberal freedom of movement and behaves inconsistently.

Those countries that went to other countries and ruined them cannot turn immigrants away

The host country must consider the havoc it has wreaked on other countries and base its immigration quota on that consideration.

Accepting refugees benefits every party involved

Welcoming refugees protects their right to live, enters them into the labor force and boosts the economy, and benefits the countries they came from in the medium- to long- term.

No, countries should not accept immigrants

Immigrants are a burden on the economy and drive down wages. Immigrants import different cultures and values, undermining those of the country they move to.

Immigrants put an unnecessary strain on public services

Immigration can create a strain on infrastructure and public services de to overcrowding. It also costs the taxpayer money. Immigrants use expensive welfare measures and healthcare services.

Immigrants erode local culture and traditions

Immigration erodes local cultures by introducing new ideas and customs which do not mix. In order for the historic culture of any given region to be preserved, immigration must be stopped.

Immigrants increase competition for work

Immigrants take jobs from local people. Many immigrants will work for less than native workers, and the extra competition they create lowers wages.

This page was last edited on Wednesday, 16 Sep 2020 at 07:38 UTC

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