By Steven G. Koven
The project of this ebook is to counter the apocalyptic imaginative and prescient of the yank “invasion” with a extra balanced account of the implications of immigration. The ebook will study how the us has handled immigration via enactment of varied public regulations through the years. it is going to process the problem from a political, fiscal and cultural point of view with an emphasis at the qualitative, confident contributions of immigrants. The objective of the e-book is to supply a few person intensity to the bigger dialogue of immigration that sometimes is conducted on the “macro” point. It argues that immigration coverage is cyclical, starting from very open to very closed borders. in addition, it asserts that it truly is tricky to degree the heterogeneous contributions of immigrants and for this reason cost-benefit style tests of immigration are constrained. Case reports of the way person immigrants give a contribution to tradition, politics or monetary improvement of the USA offset empirical reviews. The booklet will evaluate past immigration coverage, info concerning financial expenditures of immigration, literature suitable to the query of the dilution or protection of “American culture”, and immigration regulations of alternative Western countries. The ebook will examine replacement views on integration together with an Americanization, Anglo-conformity standpoint, a brand new American, melting pot point of view, and the cultural pluralism standpoint. those views in flip impact the measure to which particular concepts similar to visitor employees, amnesty, really expert ability, family members unification, border enforcement, service provider sanctions or political asylum are prioritized. the combo of rigorous facts research and fascinating, qualitative narrative make this book’s contribution to the controversy on immigration coverage within the usa unique.
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Distance between donor and host country is expected to influence migration costs. Great distance would not only increase out-of-pocket travel expenses, but also the cost of learning about the country as well as psychic costs. In addition, language acquisition and assimilation costs are the highest for immigrants coming from countries which are the most different from the destination country; however, more educated people from these origin countries would face fewer costs. This suggests that the further apart geographically or culturally the home and immigration countries are, the fewer migrants are expected.
G. Koven, F. 1007/978-0-387-95940-5_3, C Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2010 35 36 3 The Political Economy of Immigration Policies and Politics marginal costs and benefits – the three most important are (1) the common unit problem, (2) uncertainty, and (3) how to value marginal costs and benefits in the future. The common unit problem is related to the fact that quantifying all marginal benefits is not straightforward. In the case of immigration, costs may be the separation from friends and family, and benefits may be living in a safer environment.
Economic outcomes such as reduced wages may result. Outcomes such as crime, reduced work effort, and changes in family structure may also occur. Political outcomes may include a less vigilant or greater commitment to democratic values. This would imply a less or more informed electorate, and a diminished or enhanced commitment to activities such as voting. Non-natives may have a weaker or stronger commitment to the political values of autonomy or independent thinking. The collective values of the nation may in turn be altered by the influx of non-natives whose values are injurious or supportive of the prevailing ethos.
American Immigration Policy: Confronting the Nation's Challenges by Steven G. Koven