Immigrants: Your Country Needs Them

Immigrants: Your Country Needs Them

by Philippe Legrain
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691134316

ISBN-13: 9780691134314

Pub. Date: 06/25/2007

Publisher: Princeton University Press

"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

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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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691134314
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
06/25/2007
Pages:
392
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents


PREFACE ix

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS xv

Introduction: MIGRATION ISN'T JUST FOR THE BIRDS 1

It's time for fresh thinking about immigration

Chapter 1: WAR ON OUR BORDERS 23

The hidden costs of immigration controls

Chapter 2: BORDER CROSSING 44

How migrants got to where they are now

Chapter 3: WHY WE NEED THE HUDDLED MASSES 61

The case for low-skilled migration

Chapter 4: THE GLOBAL TALENT CONTEST 89

The pros and cons of high-skilled migration

Chapter 5: COSMOPOLITAN AND RICH 117

The economic benefits of diversity

Chapter 6: STEALING OUR JOBS? 133

Do immigrants displace local workers?

Chapter 7: SNOUTS IN OUR TROUGH? 144

Are immigrants a burden on the welfare state?

Chapter 8: OUR HEROES' 161

How migration helps poor countries

Chapter 9: BRAIN DRAIN OR BRAIN GAIN? 179

The costs and benefits of skilled emigration

Chapter 10: IT NEEDN'T BE FOREVER 198

The case for temporary migration

Chapter 11: ALIEN NATION? 207

Does immigration threaten national identity?

Chapter 12: HUNTINGTON AND HISPANICS 226

Is Latino immigration splitting America in two?

Chapter 13: STRANGER, CAN YOU SPARE A DIME? 245

Does immigration threaten social solidarity?

Chapter 14: LEARNING TO LIVE TOGETHER 258

How to integrate immigrants into society

Chapter 15: ILLIBERAL ISLAM? 289

Do Muslim immigrants threaten our security and our way of life?

Chapter 16: OPEN BORDERS 318

Let them in

NOTES 334

INDEX 360

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