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Unskilled immigrants generate few benefits for the economy

22 August 2005

Immigration policy pits the interests of native skilled workers against those of unskilled workers in the employment stakes, according to a paper presented at the 2005 World Congress of the Econometric Society, hosted by UCL.

A paper presented by Dr Michael Ben-Gad of the University of Haifa, Israel has shown that unskilled immigrants lower the incomes of unskilled native workers but raise incomes for skilled workers. Conversely, skilled immigrants lower the income of skilled natives but benefit unskilled workers.