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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Abacus (5 Feb 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0349119740
  • ISBN-13: 978-0349119748
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 269,677 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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64 of 76 people found the following review helpful By R. C. Brooks on 14 Feb 2007
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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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20 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Achille Talon - Erudit on 3 Nov 2009
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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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20 of 31 people found the following review helpful By F. Collier on 3 Aug 2009
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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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9 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. Yousaf on 8 Jan 2012
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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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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bogdan Hagiu on 8 Jun 2012
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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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8 of 14 people found the following review helpful By The Establishment Fears Investigation on 11 Feb 2011
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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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