How immigration boosts the economy

When The Pew Hispanic Research Center released its report in Sept. 2013, showing an increase in undocumented immigration in the U.S., all sorts of allegations flew. Republicans called for harsher boarder control, while democrats argued the U.S. economy was just becoming more tempting. However, few stopped to think about how an inflow of immigrants could positively affect the nation.

According to Forbes, undocumented workers react much faster to fluctuations in the economy because they have not been waiting around for visas for years. More people flow in when the economy is good, and then numbers ebb when it takes a downturn. The appearance of more immigrants just shows that the market is building up.

Another positive result of increased immigration is that it is forcing Congress to take a look at reform. The issue is so big right now because reform affects the lives of more people than it has in a long time, as there are more immigrants living in the country. Businesses are pushing for reform as well because they like the flexibility foreign employees provide. However, tighter borders and slow reform have hindered the hiring process.

NPR took a look at the world immigration stage and also found positive statistics. More than 200 million people worldwide now live and work outside of their country of origin, which is 50 million more than a decade ago. In most cases, migrants move for economic opportunity and then send money home to their families. More than a billion people benefit from this system. In 2012, the Philippines collected $24 billion from families living abroad. The only countries that collected more were China, India and Mexico. The money that migrants send home each year is more money than some third world countries receive in aid from foreign governments.

A lot of good can come from immigration. Economies get the workers they need and home countries get some money to continue raising families.