Our media has an anti immigrant agenda, capitalised on by UKIP/BNP. I always thought it was quite against the tolerant traditions of this country, where so many waves of immigrants have settled here over so many years. Like many people in England, my ancestors are immigrants. Actually if you go back far enough everyone had to immigrate here.
The report from the UN Development Programme (UNDP) found that most migrants do not move from developing to developed countries, and when they do, rather than hurting host economies, they benefit them.
The UNDP's Human Development Report 2009, launched globally on 5 October in Bangkok, dispels several myths about migration, instead underlining the economic and social benefits for countries.
"Mobility can bring large gains in development," Jeni Klugman, director of the report said. "It's presently very much constrained by a whole range of barriers, and reform [of] these barriers could allow much greater potential to be released."
The annual report calls for several migration reforms, including for states to ensure basic rights for migrants, and the mainstreaming of migration into national development plans.
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