Almost everywhere and always, foreigners are more productive and enterprising than locals for many reasons.  People who migrate are inherently enterprising, otherwise they would stay at home.  They tend to be optimistic and willing to work hard, hence their assumption that they will compete successfully in unfamiliar, even hostile, territory.  Without citizenship, they are denied bountiful blessings conferred on locals by governments buying votes with other people’s money.  They — or at least those targeted by xenophobia — typically arrive without capital, locally recognised skills or access to local sources of income, employment and finance.

Read Leon Louw’s latest column, first published in BDlive on 22 April 2015 – ‘Superiority’ of foreigners sparking tensions with locals.