Edition: January 1st 2019, Written By: Russel Atwell
Increase in immigration creates greater economic opportunities for recipient nations, according to studies which also back claims that without immigration, cheap labour filled by immigrants will go overseas instead of remain at home.
The European Commission entered new EU border laws into force partly in efforts to crack down on border management, enabling an alert in the Schengen Information System (SIS) about illegal residents in Schengen zones and expediting the returning of such immigrants. This might be seen as another act of intolerance toward illegal immigration which research shows is more beneficial to nations than what the general political rhetoric indicates.
According to a published study featured in the New York Times, entry of immigrants into borders such as the EU and the U.S. is credited for “encouraging business activity” and “producing more jobs.” The authors of the study and professors in economics Giovanni Peri and Gianmarco I.P. Ottaviano noted that although one of the biggest arguments against illegal immigrants is that they steal the jobs of legal residents and increase economic inequality, the reality has nothing to do with jobs.
The study “Immigration, Offshoring and American Jobs” argues strongly that immigrants are in competition with offshored workers rather than the recipient country, because finding cheap immigrant labour domestically makes it less likely for companies to move production overseas to find cheap labour elsewhere. The economic researchers also note that by moving production offshore, companies pull away not only low-wage labour, but also positions requiring high-skilled individuals such as managers, tech repairmen, and others.
Nigel Barber, the author of “Immigrants Are the Lifeblood of Economies” also argues that economies such as the U.S. gain significant wealth from immigrants, and that illegal immigration is not the result of random selection. According to the author, when impoverished third-world countries lose citizens, they are statistically losing the brightest, while continuing to host the less ambitious and enterprising.
To back up his claims, research on the highest achievers in U.S. arts and sciences show such achievers are more likely foreign-born. Moreover, scholars estimate that American immigrants are nearly 5 times more creative than U.S. citizens, and that they and their children are responsible for founding 43% of the nation's top 500 companies.