Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Think tank: Immigration beats aid in reducing world poverty

A cap on annual migration and no amnesty for illegal immigrants is one of the clearest policy stances of the new coalition government. The Conservatives have got their way and the Liberal Democrats have caved in: this administration has pledged to reduce immigration levels. At the same time the coalition is also committed to reducing global poverty: the aid budget will be protected. The new government wants to be tough and compassionate.
But is it? A new report by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) shows that migration may be a far better way of helping the world’s poor than aid. The report, based on 10,000 household surveys in seven countries, suggests that migrants working overseas deliver tangible benefits in ways that aid and foreign investment just can’t. Read more

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