(OPINION) Does Immigration Undermine Social Trust? Does It Matter?

Perhaps the most important defense of immigration restrictions is that idea that too much immigration will degrade the culture and institutions of the receiving country. The danger may be especially great if the immigrants have bad political or cultural values. In the extreme case, such deterioriation might even “kill the goose that laid the golden egg” that makes the destination country attractive to migrants in the first place.

One of the major arguments of this type advanced in recent years is the claim that immigrants from low-trust societies could diminish social trust in receiving countries, thereby damaging political, social, and economic institutions.

Ilya Somin, Reason Magazine, December 21, 2022
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