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Pros and Cons of Open Borders

By    |   Tuesday, 20 Oct 2015 04:41 PM

Those on opposing sides of the political aisle as well as economists offer pros and cons for keeping borders open and also exercising caution on border policy.

Supporters of open borders say they help keep the balance of free trade going with other countries, allowing for the free flow of goods and services, according to OpenBorders.info.

From a human rights standpoint, they argue that "free migration" helps to cut poverty around the world, allowing those who live in underdeveloped nations and who need work to move to places that have more opportunities. Typically, workers who move tend to send part of their income or wages back to families in poorer countries.

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They also say open borders cut down on issues like human trafficking.

Opponents charge that in an increasingly dangerous world, open borders threaten national security, according to the Center for Immigration Studies.

They also note that "large scale migration across open borders can result in demographic changes that can result in demographic shifts that change a country's political power structures in favor of the new demographic and against the existing people of a region or country," according to a paper published by the CIS.

Economists point to infrastructure deficit as large groups of people migrate to a new country but infrastructure is not in place to support them there.

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