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Immigrants: Your Country Needs Them

Philippe Legrain

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Prose: non-fiction, Sociology & anthropology

Philippe Legrain makes a compelling case for global immigration with a book that is guaranteed to spark debate

Immigration divides our globalising world like no other issue. We are swamped by bogus asylum-seekers and infiltrated by terrorists, our jobs stolen, our benefit system abused, our way of life destroyed - or so we are told. Philippe Legrain, author of the critically acclaimed OPEN WORLD, has written the first book that looks beyond the headlines. Why are ever-rising numbers of people from poor countries arriving in Europe, North America and Australasia? Can we keep them out? Should we even be trying?
Combining compelling first-hand reporting from around the world, incisive socio-economic analysis and a broad understanding of what is at stake politically and culturally, IMMIGRANTS is a passionate, but lucid book. In our open world, more people will inevitably move across borders, Legrain says - and we should generally welcome them. They do the jobs we can t or won t do - and their diversity enriches us all. Left and right; free-marketeers and campaigners for global justice; enlightened patriots - all should rally behind the cause of freer migration, because They need Us and We need Them.

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Praise for Immigrants: Your Country Needs Them

  • Immigrants: Your Country Needs Them is an important book. Thoroughly researched and lucidly written - The Bulletin

  • Energetic and right-minded ... In all important respects Legrain is right on target; one turns his pages to the almost audible sound of nails being smacked on the head. In the context of the fearful chatter that surrounds the subject, sense as good as this needs cherishing - GUARDIAN

  • A passionate, enormously detailed plea . . . He provides plenty of material to dispose of ill-informed predjudice - MAIL ON SUNDAY

  • The case for immigration...is grounded in hard economic fact, as Philippe Legrain shows in IMMIGRANTS - a passionate and cogent plea for liberalising migration - FINANCIAL TIMES

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Philippe Legrain

He studied econonmics & international politics at LSE and until recently he was special adviser to the D.G. of the WTO. He has also been trade & economics correspondent for THE ECONOMIST & written for the FT, Guardian, New Statesman, Prospect, Foreign Policy & Ecologist

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