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

  • Increase population through immigration

    In the future when countries like China and India will compete economically with the United States, it would be more beneficial to have a bigger populous (aka immigration and higher birth rates). For example, the odds of getting a innovator like Steve Jobs born in Area A is 1% and that there are 100 people there. Therefore 1 person in that group will become innovative and thus create Apple, become an leader in a certain industry... However, Area B has 1000 people and it too has 1% chance of producing a Steve Jobs like innovator, in Area B, there is going to be 10 people. Now back to the United States. If USA is Area A and China or India is Area B then we are outnumbered 10:1. The sheer number of innovative brains already outnumber us. In order to balance this number out, we need more people, and we can do that by immigration.

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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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