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Immigrants: Your Country Needs Them [Paperback]

Philippe Legrain
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4 Jan 2007
Immigration divides our globalising world like no other issue. We are swamped by bogus asylum-seekers and infiltrated by terrorists, our jobs stolen, our benefit system abused, our way of life destroyed - or so we are told. Philippe Legrain, author of the critically acclaimed OPEN WORLD, has written the first book that looks beyond the headlines. Why are ever-rising numbers of people from poor countries arriving in Europe, North America and Australasia? Can we keep them out? Should we even be trying? Combining compelling first-hand reporting from around the world, incisive socio-economic analysis and a broad understanding of what is 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.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown (4 Jan 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316732486
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316732482
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 698,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The case for immigration ... is grounded in hard economic fact, as Philippe Legrain shows in IMMIGRANTS - a passionate and cogent plea for liberalising migration (FINANCIAL TIMES)

Energetic and right-minded ... In all important respects Legrain is right on target; one turns his pages to the almost audible sound of nails being smacked on the head. In the context of the fearful chatter that surrounds the subject, sense as good as thi (GUARDIAN)

A passionate, enormously detailed plea . . . He provides plenty of material to dispose of ill-informed predjudice (MAIL ON SUNDAY)

Full of striking information and thought-provoking statistics . . . A vigorous and stimulating contribution to one of the most important debates of our time (SUNDAY BUSINESS POST)

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Philippe Legrain makes a compelling case for global immigration with a book that is guaranteed to spark debate

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62 of 73 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Immigration is a complex topic. It takes different forms, and has varied effects depending on the type and level of immigration from source nations, as well the social and economic environment in the receiving country. Policies that might work successfully in a resource rich, low population country like Canada, could have negative consequences when applied to a high-density country like the United Kingdom. When I bought Immigrants after reading a recommendation from the economics editor of the Times, I was expecting an economically literate analysis of the pros and cons of immigration. Instead, the author, through a series of anecdotes and haphazard presentation of academic findings, provides a Panglossian vision reducing the complexities of the issue down to one finding: immigration = good.

First, as a good portion of the book seems more concerned about establishing the author's credentials as a socially enlightened liberal, rather than providing a thoughtful analysis of the social and economic impact of immigration, let me say up front that I'm not a reactionary conservative nor a national socialist (i.e. Nazi for those who are less historically inclined) as the author labels (really, he does) those who question the wisdom of unfettered immigration. I view myself as a liberal - not Daily Worker leftist, to be honest, but I am a gay, Guardian-reading, Islington resident, and an immigrant to the UK to boot. I should also add that I trained as an economist, and I'm a firm believer in the power of markets to set prices.
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19 of 28 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Deceptive and simplistic 3 Nov 2009
Format:Paperback
This is a pure economic argument with no acknowledgement of the social realities - or even of the economic reality that immigrant workers have only been needed in the UK because the same number of people are paid not to work. The social and political impact (education, crime and even terrorism) are completely ignored except for an implication that anyone who is against immigration is a racist and little-Englander. Facile and juvenile.
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19 of 29 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars "Let Them All In" 3 Aug 2009
Format:Paperback
Apparently anyone who cannot see that unrestricted immigration is an unmixed blessing is a fool and a bigot - and almost certainly not a Guardian-reader. The author is, presumably, having a bit of fun with his readers; but I expect few will see the joke.
I particularly enjoyed the suggestion that Israel's experience of welcoming all Jewish immigration can be used to argue the case that an open-door policy is a thoroughly good thing, always and everywhere. Tell that to the Palestinians.

Anyone wishing to read a book of real scholarship that deals with some of the issues that Legrain raises should try 'The Culture of Critique' by Kevin MacDonald.
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8 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars migrants are good for legrain 8 Jan 2012
Format:Paperback
I have written to Legrain about globalization and unrestricted migration.i did not get a reply.Do not buy this book. economic arguments for migration devoid of the social impacts on society are not worth considering,and anyone who questions the need for ever increasing migration is automatically labelled a racist,which is a way of not dealing with the issue.What kind of society we want
Legrain is a trained economist with very little knowledge of how the real world works.As a trained economist legrain talks ,more like a politcian.
The notion that if every body migrates we will be all better off is nonsense.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Aberrations 8 Jun 2012
Format:Paperback
The author is a devil's advocate of a policy of mass immigration into the West.
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.
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12 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars dont bother 30 Nov 2009
Format:Paperback
If you want to read poorly written pseudo-intellectual candy-floss, by a journalist who is trying to make a name for himself by being contentious about a very serious issue, then here it is.

Ho hum
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7 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Crap 11 Feb 2011
Format:Paperback
I read this book when it first came out, and I agree with all the other 1 star reviewers here. This really is a poor read which doesn't look at the social problems of mass Immigration (Probably because it's author, Philippe Legrain, probably lives in an area where Immigration is low or non-existent), just the economic benefits, which in itself is very small.

The only reason why mass Immigration is good, is because big business can make easy profits and lower the wages of it's workers. The House of Lords did a better in-depth study into Immigration in 2008, and found that there is "little or no impact" on the economic well-being of Britons. It also found that Immigration contributed to higher house prices before the credit crunch and competition from immigrants has had a negative impact on the low paid and training for young UK workers.

Mass Immigration benefits corporations and doesn't benefit those who have to bare the brunt because of Philippe Legrain's fantasy world.
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1.0 out of 5 stars NO MORE IMMIGRANTS FOR LONDON
AS A BORN LONDONER I FINE THE IMMIGRANT POPULATION IS OUT OF HAND .I COULDNT EVEN SIT DOWN ON THE BUS THE OTHER DAY AS IT WAS FULL OF IMMIGRANT WOMEN WITH PRAMS. Read more
Published 7 months ago by CENTRAL LONDON MAN
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful
This book is one useful book that can facilitate students' understanding of the subject & it is definitely worth reading.
Published 15 months ago by Kent Chan
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read!
Legrain offers some great arguments for and against immigration! An insightful book, you will not be disappointed. I highly recommend it!
Published 17 months ago by Ronnie
1.0 out of 5 stars Great Review
Great reviews for this book from leading broadsheet newspapers urged me to buy this book -"a passionate and cogent plea for liberalising migration' FINANCIAL TIMES
" In the... Read more
Published on 28 Jan 2011 by Billy Ray Cyrus
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and opens your eyes
Despite the current climate and backlash against immigrants, Philips Legrain's book convincingly argues the case that immigrants are essential for England and all other countries. Read more
Published on 29 Aug 2009 by NoirWriter
5.0 out of 5 stars A convincing argument
This book offers each and every way possible to disagree with anything that is ever spouted from the mouths of Daily Mail readers across the UK. Read more
Published on 20 April 2009 by J. Milton
1.0 out of 5 stars Simplistic fantasy
As a sixth-form debater the author would score high for his single-minded determination to defend the motion but by the same token he ignores or dismisses anything that doesn't... Read more
Published on 21 Feb 2008 by Big Dug Simba
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