A case can be made about how the twenty-first century has seen immigration become a phenomenon more widely accepted all over the world. However, that is not to say that immigrants do no still face discrimination and prejudice from time to time. Newcomers’ lives are made harder by common misconceptions that people still have of them. If you are considering hiring immigrants into your workforce, here are a few myths you should be aware of:
Myth #1: Immigrants are taking all the jobs
Although it is inevitable that immigrants will likely look for jobs to support themselves and their families, it is not true to say that they are taking away all the jobs. They consume American products and therefore contribute to the economy. In fact, some immigrants do eventually start businesses, which creates employment opportunities for local Americans and immigrants alike.
Myth #2: Immigrants are criminals
Regardless of what you might see on the news about immigrants and the increasing rates of violence in the States, it is important to remember that the numbers are in no way attributable to their status of being immigrants. In fact, US studies have consistently found that native-born Americans are more likely than immigrants to be incarcerated. Many immigrants even go on to enlist in the military and join the police forces in various states in the US. The bias against immigrants prevalent in various forms of media today must be taken into account whenever we are consuming a piece of information.
Myth #3: Immigrants are here illegally
While it is easy to think that all immigrants are residing in the States illegally, we often forget that most foreign-born people here did comply with the regulations set in place by the United States government or are lawful permanent residents who hold green cards to certify their right to live in the States.
Myth #4: There are just too many of them.
When taking history into account, we can tell that the percentage of foreign-born people in the States have remained somewhat stable for the last one hundred years, growing in numbers only as much as anyone else who are born locally. As a country continues to grow, the labor force will grow along with it. People fresh off the immigration boat may see ads for work in the Bay area, and by accepting those jobs they are actually helping to maintain the economy and keep things running smoothly by contributing their potential. Put simply, leaving your company’s workforce open only to local-born Americans might limit your scope of success and prevent you from reaching out to a more diverse audience.