Benefits of Immigration
As you know, immigration is the movement through which individual permanently move their place of residence from a particular country to another. Immigration is a concept that is widely talked about and debated. In the past five years, there have been about 8 million immigrants that came to the US, a statistical high, which has stirred much public debate. You see, immigration has its distinct advantages and disadvantages. Let us look at some of the benefits of immigration:
1. Economic gains
Critics have claimed that immigrants take on jobs, lower down wages, and drain too much tax money because of social services. However, what they do not realize that the jobs immigrants take are the job most citizens in the host country do not take. Immigrants filling up these jobs lighten the load of producers and consumers, and results in gains in economic welfare. It is a fact that immigrants are a source of low cost labor, but these cost reductions are eventually passed on to the consumer, so host country citizens benefit from this as well. The goods produced through the efforts of immigrant workers can also generate additional profits as the goods can be sold at lower price.
2. Increase in cultural diversity
The world seems to be growing smaller by the day, with different cultures within reach today than ever before. Immigration increases product diversity, something that many people enjoy very much. Immigrants moving in means more ethnic restaurants to dine in, more cultural centers to enjoy, and easier access to products only available in other countries.
3. Increase in standard of living in the part of immigrants
Immigration brings about change and development. An immigrant would not have moved have they not imagined better standard of living. The quality of life is significantly improved with immigration. This benefit is usually not experienced by the host country, yet it is one of the most important benefits immigration provides. It brings immigrants better opportunities, better chances to fulfill their goals, and a better life overall.
4. A younger workforce
The ratio of retired people to workers is expected to dramatically increase in the coming decades that would result to significant changes in the Security System (i.e. benefits). Immigrants, with their children and younger relatives, will bring in more young workforce that can slow down the increase of this very important ratio.
5. Skilled workers in much needed sectors.
Immigrants usually arrive because of employment preference. This means that they offer skills that are very scarce in the country. This will bring about various advantages. For example, if the supply of native neurologists is low, influx of more neurologist immigrants will significantly help the health care industry.
Immigration does have its disadvantages: greater poverty, increase in crimes, lower unskilled wage, education costs, and a few others. However, the positive benefits of immigration far outweigh the disadvantages in many ways. So, let us welcome change and welcome the benefits that immigration provides the country.