Welcoming Immigrants is Key to Success
Studies have shown that countries with progressive immigration policies fare better not only economically but socially, too. Despite the common misconceptions about migrants, they are far less likely to receive benefits from the state than those who are born in the country. In fact, migrants are amongst the largest contributors economically and this is especially true for first generation migrants. Because most migrants are willing to work longer hours and work far harder than most people born in the country, it makes them extremely employable, creating a true meritocracy.
The impact of immigration on a country’s culture can also be a huge bonus. Take, for example, the influx of Caribbean workers to the UK after the Second World War; today there is a thriving Afro-Caribbean community throughout the UK which contributes a great deal to the world of art, music, culture and food. New ideas are often a catalyst for change as new groups of people meet for the first time and exchange their cultural knowledge and values. Increased immigration raises cultural awareness and improves educational standards, too; the more we are able to communicate with other people, the more open-minded we’re bound to be.
With immigration success stories being written every day, it’s surprising that so many countries still adopt such an isolationist position. By working together, migrants and those born in the country can really build something special which is beneficial to everyone.