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posted by Alan Stevenson, May 05, 2016
More than 240 million people worldwide are international migrants. Alan Stevenson explains why the ones coming to Australia are exactly the type of people we need, particularly in our small country towns.
History tells us that humans have always migrated, initially from out of Africa. It gets more complex when one group attempts to move in on another. In the past, either more land was made available for the newcomers, or the original inhabitants were forced to leave, or there was war. Recently surveys have been conducted both in Europe and the United States which show that whenever migrants are accepted into the local communities, both parties benefit.
Migrants are usually either economic refugees or have been forced from their own countries by war or political problems. In both instances there is a great deal of psychological pressure on them to ‘make good’ in their new environment. In doing so, they increase the wealth of the host country, send money back home, and increase their own wealth and safety.
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