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Webinar: An Economic Case For Immigration

APRIL 24, 2013

People constantly search for ways to improve their quality of life. Often times this requires relocating to new places. While relocation within the same country is considered acceptable, many oppose relocation when foreign nationals relocate to their country because foreigners "steal" jobs from local workers. Professor Benjamin Powell thinks this is not true. Immigrants improve their own lives, but they also have positive effects on the local economy: immigrants create new jobs for locals.

Professor Benjamin Powell at a FEE webinar, April 3, 2013.

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