Open Borders: The Science and Ethics of Immigration review

Open Borders: The Science and Ethics of ImmigrationOpen Borders: The Science and Ethics of Immigration by Bryan Caplan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Immigration is one of those topics I’ve never had particularly strong or informed feelings about, other than a general sense of “America has been welcoming immigrants for a long time, so we should keep doing that”. Probably if you had asked me before reading this I would have said something like “we should let more people immigrate here, with some reasonable limits”.

But this book makes a pretty compelling case that immigrants are virtually always a net positive for the country, and people that immigrate here also do better, so we should have no limits on immigration. The book is less pie-in-the-sky that I would have thought – he talks about a lot of the common arguments against immigration and shoots them down or admits they have validity but their effect is pretty small. He also talks about ways to stage in an “open borders” policy since clearly going from the US’s immigration laws straight to “open borders” is a pretty big jump.

Oh, and it’s a graphic…policy argument? which makes it easier to read, but it’s still surprisingly substantive.

In short, I’d recommend it!



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