Would Immigrants Destroy our Freedoms?

Source: Cato Unbound
by Benjamin Powell

“Do immigrants bring with them the principles of the governments that they leave behind? If so, do they hold onto those principles long enough to impact the institutions of governance in destination countries? It is certainly plausible that immigrants from less free countries could decrease the economic freedom of destination countries. But it is also plausible that instead, they assimilate their beliefs about the proper role of government to match the views of the native-born population. A positive selection bias might also lead those people who most value the increased freedoms in destination countries to immigrate. This selection bias could even lead to increases in economic freedom in destination countries. There are multiple and conflicting channels of how immigrants might, or might not, impact the economic freedoms in destination countries. The netting of these effects is ultimately an empirical question.” (07/12/21)