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Is a world without any borders a good idea? Show more Show less

Millions of people risk their lives trying to cross borders into other countries. Some are fleeing violence and persecution, others are looking for better economical opportunities or to be reunited with family members. What are the pros and cons of a world without borders?

Yes, we should abolish all borders Show more Show less

There should be freedom of movement for everyone
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Opening borders would help the world's economy

According to some economists, opening the borders could increase the world's GDP.
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Context

Easing border restrictions would increase the world's GDP because it would allow workers to move to countries where they can be more productive. (1)

The Argument

Labour is the world's most valued commodity, and people tend to move to where the work is. (2) According to economists, allowing migrants to move to any country they choose would increase global GDP by between 67-147%. A doubling of GDP (a $78trn increase) would correspond to 23 years of growth at 3%. (1)

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Premises

1. Opening the borders would boost the global economy 2. It is good to boost the global economy 3. It is good to open the borders

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    This page was last edited on Wednesday, 27 Feb 2019 at 09:42 UTC