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date: 30 June 2022

p. 807. Migrants in societylocked

p. 807. Migrants in societylocked

  • Khalid Koser


‘Migrants in society’ examines how migrants affect destination societies by considering the economic, political, social, and cultural impacts of immigration. Migrants are seen by some to aid economic growth with their ambition or willingness to take on low-paid jobs; others say they increase native unemployment and undercut unions. Future generations of migrants should be better off than their parents, but ethnic minorities can still struggle. Migrants enjoy voting rights in many countries, but European far right politics has re-emerged. Migrants may be a short term solution to ageing populations and low birth rates, but this is not a permanent fix. Immigration can enrich culture, but important integration challenges must be met.

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