Britain’s employers claim that migrant immigrants are a highly motivated workforce, and imply that the migrants have a better work ethic than that found amongst their own country’s workforce. Indeed, there are often extenuating circumstances that serve as personal incentives for the migrant worker to excel, perhaps even accepting overtime assignments and going beyond the call of duty in doing a good job for the employer. A recent article published in the Washington Times (2005) discusses the benefits to the host country and the immigrant’s home country. “Recent projections by international agencies, including the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, and the World Bank, put the annual remittances – the money that migrants send to their home countries – from the world’s 176 million international migrants in 2002 at $130 billion a year, $79 billion of which went to developing countries.” The article goes on to say that the figures reported could be even higher.
Mexico stood as one of the largest contributors to remittances to home countries with an estimated “…$14.5 billion, and was that country’s second largest source of income after oil”. Other countries that host migrants include New Zealand, which hosts migrants from the country of Pakistan. Pakistan reports that its New Zealand migrants remitted $1.7 billion from New Zealand, to Pakistan. While these figures show a win-win situation for migrants and their home countries, it is these same figures that give rise to fears and criticism within the host countries.