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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

U.N. Report finds Migrants Give More than They Take

Yesterday a report was released by the United Nations about migrants. The conclusion: Migrant workers benefit both the countries they move to and the ones they leave behind.

According to an article by IPS Global News Agency, a report out from the U.N. Development Programme (UNDP) said that perceived negative burden of migrants on host societies does not correspond to reality and that concerns are often exaggerated by politicians. Negative effects, the report says, "are generally small and may, in some contexts, be entirely absent".

Among other things, the UNDP also found that low as well as high-skilled migrants make a positive contribution to the host country's economy and often become the main investors in their countries of origin, even when it is hit by financial crisis or natural disaster. This, they say, forms a development buffer that protects national economies.

To read the full article on the report, visit Common Dreams by linking here.



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