Canada - The benefits of immigration

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Benefits of Immigration

Immigration issues are discussed from very different viewpoints. Some people argue that immigration has nothing but huge costs. Expenses like ESL (English as a Second Language) costs, the increase in crime associated with foreign criminality and the insecurity after September 11 terrorist attack have made people to question if immigration should increase. In my opionion, immigration has a lot of benefits and is an asset to any country. It encourages economic growth and creates cultural diversity and understanding of different nations.

First, some people say that increased migration means higher unemployment rates. In fact, the majority of people come here to work, to start a new life. As statistics shows, the most immigrants are employed and work as they have to provide a living for themselves; They pay taxes and contribute to pension funds and income taxes. Against this argument, are also the migrants who open businesses and create new work places.

Many investments and capital brought into Canada are by immigrants and foreign businessmen. Immigration helps Canada's economy to prosper. Indeed, immigrants represents a large labor force in the Canadian industry and they are doing the hard jobs from which Canadians are less disposed to do. Newcomers have the willingness to work hard, even if the job is not good paid. Immigrants are ambitions people, as they came to Canada to start a better life and to create better opportunities for their children. Newcomers are full of energy and they are ready to realize their goals by investing what they best have -their skills and knowledge. Furthermore, immigration provides us with skilled labor and expertise. Also, the shortage in the areas where Canada needs specialists, like doctors, scientists, engineers, IT experts, can be supplied by immigrants. Many immigrants have a good education and professional...