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Challenging the myth that ‘Britain takes too many immigrants’

Nissa Finney and Ludi Simpson

in 'Sleepwalking to segregation'?

Published by Policy Press

Published in print January 2009 | ISBN: 9781847420084
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303367 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847420084.003.0003
Challenging the myth that ‘Britain takes too many immigrants’

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This chapter addresses concerns about immigration causing population growth by asking whether Britain takes more than its fair share of immigrants and whether these immigrants are economically costly. It studies claims made specifically by MigrationWatchUK. It explains that immigration is the first myth addressed in this book because of its importance in bringing ethnic diversity to Britain. It notes that the concerns about post Second World War mass labour immigration are echoed today in reactions to the immigration of asylum seekers and workers from Eastern Europe. It argues that current levels of immigration are not problematic; that immigration is economically beneficial; and that Britain's immigration experience is quite unexceptional when viewed in an international context.

Keywords: immigration; population growth; Britain; MigrationWatchUK; ethnic diversity; labour immigration; asylum seekers; Eastern Europe; international context

Chapter.  9577 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Race and Ethnicity

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