The Human Side of Immigration

Immigrating to a new country can be a great option for those seeking a better quality of life. However, before embarking on this journey, it’s essential to ensure that all legal requirements are met and that necessary documentation and finances are in place to support oneself.

Firstly, it is crucial to research and understand the documentation and financial requirements necessary for legal immigration to the desired country. This may include obtaining visas, work permits, or permanent residency and having the required financial support to sustain oneself in the new country.

Despite negative media attention, immigrants provide numerous benefits to the host country. Immigrants significantly contribute to the economy of the host country. For instance, in 2016, immigrants added $2 trillion to the US GDP. In 2018, they also contributed $458.7 billion to state, local, and federal taxes, which helped fund public services.

Moreover, immigrants’ economic contributions go beyond taxes. They also spend considerable money purchasing goods, which stimulates the economy. Additionally, they boost the working-age ratio, bringing a youthful and dynamic workforce to the host country.

Cultural diversity is another excellent benefit of immigration. Each immigrant brings their unique culture, customs, and traditions, which adds richness to the host country’s culture. For example, immigrants introduce new foods, arts, and ideas, which can enhance all citizens’ overall quality of life.

In conclusion, immigration can be a life-changing experience, leading to better opportunities and a brighter future. However, it requires careful planning and research to ensure compliance with all legal requirements. The benefits of immigration are enormous, including significant economic contributions and cultural diversity, which can enrich the host country’s society by bringing in more young, solid people to work hard and boost the economy.

Words by: Ali Abdilahi and Hassan Mohamed

Edited by: Global Reputation team at the Vice-Rector’s Office for Collaboration & Global Engagement



Hani Faysal Carab (Communication, Int’l Student)

Hani Faysal Carab (Communication, Int’l Student)