The Huddled Masses
Desperate refugees drown in the Mediterranean. Undocumented migrants leap into lorries
at Calais. Europeans fleeing economic disaster book one-
But what if this assumption is wrong? What if the drive to restrict migration isn’t reducing poverty at all, but instead helping to create a global migration system that is actually exacerbating local inequality?
In The Huddled Masses: Immigration and Inequality, migration researcher Katy Long shows why we need to urgently rethink the relationship between immigration and inequality, and avoid pursuing current policies that pit poor immigrants against poor workers – at the expense of both groups.
Drawing on cutting-
The Huddled Masses also assesses the real contribution that migrants make to the economy, exploding the myth that migrants “take our jobs”. It makes clear that immigration plays a critical role – both in terms of human capital and tax revenue – in sustaining the social institutions that offer citizens real protection against widening inequality.
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