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Relaxation of immigration laws: Should governments in rich countries relax immigration laws?

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  • Yes, for the greater good

    I think it would be good for more affluent countries to relax immigration laws so that people from poor or violent countries can more easily immigrate. It doesn't seem fair that so much of our lives are determined simply by where we are born. There is nothing that different about a person born in Sweden vs. in Lesotho, and yet the Swedish person has so many more benefits. Looser immigration laws would mitigate that.

  • No, relaxing immigration laws leads to higher unemployment rates and overpopulation

    Immigration laws should not relaxed in any country, because it leads to many problems. One problem is overpopulation. Each country is only able to sustain a certain amount of people, before resources become strained. Lax immigration also leads to higher unemployment rates and decreasing salaries. Immigrants normally come from countries with lower minimum wages. So they are willing to accept jobs that circumvent our minimum wage laws. And this leads to employers not hiring native workers, because they want to save money. And high unemployment, because native workers are unable to find jobs that pay decent salaries.


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