Benefits of Immigration


immigrantsBenefits 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.

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34 Responses

  1. LOL

    February 15, 2013 8:24 am

    Yes, a worthy footnote. The supposed “benefits,” not so much.

    “Immigration does have its disadvantages: greater poverty, increase in crimes, lower unskilled wage, education costs, and a few others.”

    • LULZ

      June 2, 2013 3:57 pm

      Actually you are incorrect, several immigrants that come to the United States are extremely skilled workers, many of which have a high level of education (Doctor’s, attorney’s, entrepreneurs, chemist, engineers, etc). The highest percentage of people on welfare and in poverty are actually white American’s. Educational costs are not as high as you claim, immigrants who come to the United States pay taxes and contribute vastly to the American economy by opening businesses and hiring staff. Potentially you are speaking of illegal immigrants, which constitute an extremely low percentage of the total populace and could not do more harm than good as they perform the ugliest jobs for the lowest wages (completely exploited), just so you can get your produce cheaper. Also, these individuals contribute significantly by paying for goods and contrary to what many American’s believe they are unable to attain welfare or governmental funded aid. BTW, remember everyone in the United States is not native to this land, not even the native american’s who occupied this land for over 35,000 years, no one is born from the land. Don’t be ignorant, educate yourself!

  2. GuyFromGermany

    April 23, 2013 8:31 pm

    Thank you very much bro. Searching this for my presentation the whole fuckin day -.-‘

    • Samm Lynn

      May 1, 2014 12:56 pm

      Sorry, just saw you were from Germany. Which is cool. What is your take on this? Do you agree? Disagree? I’m kind of curious =) -girlfromamerica (Sammii)

  3. Samm Lynn

    May 1, 2014 12:54 pm

    Correct your grammatical errors and make this look professional.

    Second of all,
    thanks for the information. I don’t agree with any of it, (“lol”) but I am being forced to write about the advantages/ benefits of immigration to U.S. citizens and our nation. So thanks. My opinions are otherwise though.

  4. jim

    January 8, 2015 1:30 pm

    One Disadvantage. Dilutes the value of the culture that belongs on that land. That’s all I need to know to understand immigration is bad.

  5. Bob

    April 12, 2016 8:36 pm

    Immigration is bad for a country. It pushes up demand for housing, making it un-affordable. Immigrants take jobs that would otherwise be jobs for the people already living there. Immigrants usually create little anti-social groups, where they deal with each other – usually committing tax evasion.

    • Elkins

      June 25, 2016 8:28 pm

      I’m not sure if you read this or just came here to complain about immigration, but it literally said that immigrants take the jobs that Americans are too proud to do, but are entirely necessary for society to function. And if immigrants are making “little anti-social groups,” the reason for that is probably because they trust people who are similar to them more. Sound familiar? Yeah, that sounds like you, but the thing is when you hang out with people like you it isn’t considered a little anti social group because you’re the majority.
      P.S. There are 1,556k houses for sale in the United States, and 564,708 homeless. If people actually cared, we could make sure there are no homeless and the housing market would be fine!

  6. B haddix

    April 28, 2016 6:29 pm

    What about the imm. That get gov. Assistant. And take advantage however. Food stamps, free med care, and so on

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