Migration is one of the most important issues facing international politics today and is becoming
more prevalent an issue every year. In 1980 the estimated number of refugees was 8.2m, 1990 -
15m, 1992 - 20m (Castles and Miller, 1993, p 84). In our society there are a lot of preconceptions
and prejudices about immigration and its effect: "they are stealing our jobs!" "They are all
scroungers" and "we are to generous to them". It can be argued that these all arise from institutions
such as the tabloid media and right wing political groups, but also from past Government policy
which took a hard line on immigration and old colonial ideologies of mistrust and suspicion
towards foreigners which have been passed down through the ages. So what is the true economic
impact of immigration on a receiving country? Where does it have effect? Is it substantial or
minimal? Is it positive or negative? As immigration affects different countries in different ways, and
as there are so many different forms of immigration e.g. asylum seekers, refugees, temporary
settlers, permanent settlers, illegal immigration and immigration from one part of a country to
another, it is impossible to give universal answers to these questions. However I will examine the
arguments for and against immigration to try establish a picture of whether the economic impact on
the whole is positive or negative for a receiving country. I will f...
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