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By Philippe Legrain 1 COMMENT

With the X-word currently dominating the headlines, there could be no better
time for this intelligent, wholly persuasive defensive of immigration.
Scourging the xenophobia that sprouts at times of economic downturn, Legrain
insists that clamping down on immigration is "morally wrong,
economically stupid and politically unsustainable".

He points out that immigrants, who usually only wish to work abroad
temporarily, make their host nation "more interesting and culturally
rich". Legrain might have added that they bring a wonderful variety of
culinary riches. As JK Galbraith said of immigration, "What is the
perversity in the human soul that causes people to resist so obvious a good?"

Link here. Thank you.

Posted 07 Feb 2009 in Blog
  1. Hoover says:

    What is the perversity in the human soul?
    Well I can’t speak for others, but my perversity currently consists of recognising that “that the number of foreign workers increased by 175,000 to 2.4 million last year while the number of British workers fell by 234,000 to 27 million.” (The Times, 12 Feb)

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