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Europe needs immigration

Now here's a thought... Europe may actually
need rather a lot of immigrants over the next few years to boost its shrinking and aging population.
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posted by Blogger 13 Fox at 11:50 am

European countries don't really have the border security we're supposed to have and they welcome surrounding countries, so there's probably a lot of immigration going on that's not ever publicized. I do often wonder why we don't see Cubans floating a '49 Ford Pickup to Spain, or Mexicans floating to Hawaii.

Excellent blog and very educated opinions. I respect that. I'd also like to blog roll you, if permission is granted.    



posted by Blogger sophie nicholls at 3:37 pm

Hi and thanks for the comment and kind words. Yes, do please blog roll me and thank you for asking. What's the URL of your blog?    



posted by Anonymous Pavlos at 2:44 am

To me the idea that populations ought to have a birth rate significantly above one to create a demographic pyramid seems like a recipe for disaster - and an obvious one at that. I think poorer countries cannot be too quick in following Western ones in having a stable (and older) population.

However, immigration in general massively benefits the host countries. Immigrants are generally productive, politically weak, young, enterprising, uninsured, and underpaid. They basically do the work that a complacent native population doesn't do and power otherwise stagnant economies (Greece is a great example).

What is being debated is not whether immigration happens (everyone wants that) but under what conditions. Briefly, the left wants immigrants to arrive legally and gain due benefits from their work, while the right wants the same immigrants too arrive as an easily exploitable underclass.

Some interesting essays: http://www.thenewpress.com/books/globalzn.htm    



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