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An honest chat on immigration An honest chat on immigration
by Jay Gutman
2019-06-14 09:00:52
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What immigration is for immigrants to Europe, North America, East Asia, Australia and New Zealand: better social status in their home country, improved economic status, more political status within their families. Better marriage prospects, more decision-making power within their families back home.

What immigration is for Europe, North America, East Asia, Australia and New Zealand: workers you need to train, sometimes from scratch, but who don't unionize, and because they have no families, tend to be more available for overtime work.

immig0001_400In history, you had three broad phases for immigration. The first phase was between the 19th century and the beginning of the Second World War. Immigration was intended for population purposes. Germany, Italy, Ireland, France, the UK and other nations believed in Thomas Malthus, and believed that getting rid of parts of the population would mean more food for the rest. Canada, the United States, Australia and New Zealand needed to populate their countries thus welcomed European immigrants.

Then you had the post-War phase, until around the 1970s, where immigrants were needed from Africa and Asia because too many Europeans had died during the war and there was a shortage of labor.

During the post-war experiment, almost by accident, Europe found out that immigrants from Africa, the Middle East and Asia had two major assets: they never unionize, rarely dare to ask for more pay or for raises, don't complain about working conditions however harsh, and the second thing is because their families are not present, they tend to accept working overtime and on weekends and on holidays, in some cases without pay.

So from the 1970s onwards, it was mostly big European, North American, East Asian, Australian and New Zealander companies who were sponsoring migrants from ASEAN states, South Asia, the Middle East and Africa, and Latin America. Such workers worked long hours and rarely begged for better working conditions. Their passports were often confiscated and they did not job hop.

Then labor unions started unionizing for immigrants, and immigrants got all the social benefits workers were allowed. So immigrants could bring their families, and in some cases could choose to opt out of the labor force in exchange for fat welfare checks.

Except for South Asian and East Asian migrants whose parents valued their children's education, most other immigrants from other nations neglected their children's education, and migrant children had no diplomas, no skills, and no work experience. Ghettos started emerging, drugs started entering ghettos, and children of immigrants represented a large proportion of prison population.

Furthermore, many potential migrants from Africa, the Middle East, South Asia and Latin America heard the rumor that in rich countries all you had to do was show up and you would receive a welfare check and not even be expected to get work done. Many such migrants tried their luck, either worked under the table or tried to get their paperwork in order so they could receive welfare checks.

What's the next phase of immigration going to be? Industrial jobs have moved to developing nations, and rich nations no longer need unskilled labor. There's no shortage of skilled labor either, and skilled workers in rich nations have trouble finding jobs.

For 200 years Europe, North America, East Asia, Australia and New Zealand have welcomed immigrants, either because they needed to populate their country or because they needed a docile work force that would not unionize. Those days are over.

Today immigration is very heavily bureaucratized. That is most companies now have to prove that they desperately need a migrant worker and couldn't do without the migrant worker before they can hire a migrant worker.

Still migrants are not aware of that, and are desperately trying to move to rich nations. Will rich nations consider humanitarian factors when allowing immigrants in? That is, the next phase of immigration could be the “humanitarian phase” a phase where migrants will be welcomed because of the dire situations they face in their home country. But very few people are comfortable with the idea of


  
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