Them and Us

Pages: 288
Subject: Economics
Imprint: Oneworld

Them and Us

How immigrants and locals can thrive together

Philippe Legrain

9781786077905 (3 Sep 2020)
RRP £16.99 / US$26.95

The Book

What do we really know about immigration?

The defining issue in the world right now is immigration. Keeping them out. Taking back control. Building that wall. It's the only thing politicians seem to agree on: immigration is a bad thing and that there should be less of it. The trouble is, that isn't really true.

In fact, immigration is good for you. Not just for the urban elites in their luxury flats, but for everyone. Immigrants benefit us all in a number of ways. The latest research suggests that immigrants don't scrounge off the locals; instead they subsidise them. They take jobs locals don't want, and in doing so create more jobs. Newcomers are less likely to commit crimes than locals. Young immigrants care for our ageing population, they start new businesses and they breathe new life into old ones. 

If patriotism means wanting the best for your country, we should be welcoming immigrants with open arms. It is time to close the gap between myth and reality - and, in the process, close the gap between them and us.

Additional Information

Subject Economics
Pages 288
Imprint Oneworld


About the Author

Philippe Legrain is a leading voice in the international debate about migration. He has been at the heart of the immigration debate for more than ten years as a senior visiting fellow at the London School of Economics' European Institute (since 2014); as economic adviser and head of the team providing strategic policy advice to the President of the European Commission (2011-14); as an independent consultant and keynote speaker; and as a commentator for Project Syndicate, Foreign Policy, the Guardian and many other international media outlets.


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