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The debate on immigration regularly finds its way in the news in many developed countries around the world.

Supporters of immigration argue that immigrants take jobs which natural-born citizens often deem undesirable. These jobs remain vital to the smooth functioning of society. In addition, immigrants also fight shrinking populations, which is a problem many industrialized countries face.

On the other hand, opponents believe that immigrants steal jobs by accepting lower wages. This argument often gets raised during tough economic times. There are also concerns over national security, the burden of welfare and re-education for an immigrant population, and the loss of a nation's cultural identity.

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Warm Up: Discuss the questions with your partner for five minutes.

  1. Do you think immigration should be strictly controlled? Why/not?
  2. Do you think governments are becoming stricter with regards to immigration? Why/not?

Vocabulary: Check the new vocabulary in a dictionary. Then match the words.

  1. deem
  2. vital
  3. burden
  4. identity
  • responsibility
  • believe
  • appearance
  • essential

Discuss: Discuss these questions with a partner. Remember to support your answers.

  1. What are some reasons to support immigration? Why are these reasons good?
  2. What are some reasons to oppose immigration? Why are these reasons bad?
  3. What are the immigration policies of your country? Please explain.

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