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What are some advantages and disadvantages of immigration?

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I am not sure if you are referring to the advantage and disadvantage for society of for the individual. For the individual, there are more opportunities. More jobs, religious freedom, better living conditions and social programs are all reasons people immigrate. It is to the advantage of a country to have immigration because people with new skills can integrate in and make the society stronger.

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Another advantage of immigration is that it gives us the opportunity to experience different cultures and learn about other countries from these immigrants. I have noticed in schools that the lessons learned by the "native students" from the immigrant students are often very valuable.

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I especially agree with mswestwood's comments about the down side of illegal immigration. However, sometimes immigrant workers contribute greatly to the local economy. I was born in an area of Central Florida where more fern is grown than anywhere in the world. My father owned a fernery (fern nursery), and he found it difficult to hire workers for the back-breaking work. Fern cutters must squat and bend low to the ground in order to cut the plant just above the roots, and very few laborers were willing to do the work. However, an influx of Mexican workers, willing to work at minimum (or near minimum) wage, has kept the industry booming. Thousands of Mexican workers now live in this area (roughly in a 40 mile stretch between Crescent City and DeLand), and the fern industry has grown appreciably since the 1970s. It is one of the top money-makers in this area, and the mostly-Mexican work force has proven to be industrious and free from the criminal activities that often come with low-income immigration. 

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I agree that two of the major problems with immigration are that the immigrants cultural and national identity are diluted, and much of it is illegal. This means that the illegal immigrants are working for lower wages. However, in many...

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  • The major advantage is that the country gets new and usually very motivated workers.  Depending on the country's policies, it can get people who are needed for specific kinds of jobs (Australia and Canada both do this more than the US).  Getting new workers can really help a country expand its economy, especially if it is a country whose natives are aging.
  • One downside of immigration is that it can dilute a country's cultural identity.  This, for example, is why Japan is very opposed to immigration even though it really needs new workers as its population ages.  "Too much" immigration can make it so that the immigrants' culture changes the native culture more than the natives are willing to have happen
stephanie-ella-darcy | Student

language- you might go to a country where they speak different languages from you

money- might no have enough

home- hadnt bought 1 yet

 

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shizza123 | Student

young children might forget their native language... that would be sad....

people might not get jobs..... :(

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shizza123 | Student

it might be hard to adjust, though.... :( new culture.... new styles, new behaviours.....

 

you might even start disliking your own country as u get used to the better things....

you might lose some of your cultural habits and ways of doing things....

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shizza123 | Student

If it is a better country, your life is set!!

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you get to experience new things

 

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