The Brexit Effect On Migrants Dying In Lorries

It was, of course, appalling that 39 people froze to death while being smuggled into the UK. This was indeed a result of the fact that we have immigration restrictions. Then again, a rich country with a welfare system is always going to have immigration restrictions, free movement cannot happen in the presence of a money tree.

A slightly different worry though. Upon Brexit then we Britons will be out of the EU’s specialist unit on people smuggling.…

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Possession Of A Hong Kong Passport Should Mean Residence Rights In The UK

Matt Kilcoyne is entirely correct here in The Times. We said that when we handed over Hong Kong we’d be guaranteeing, as far as we were able, the rights contained within the agreement. Those rights are rather under threat at present, we must do something. As we’ve not enough gunboats these days – nor opium – we’ll need to do something else:

Nearly 200,000 Hong Kong citizens are British nationals. But this is an empty citizenship; they cannot move here, live here or study here.

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Why Doesn’t Vox Bother To Read Its Own Articles?

As we all know Vox is the home of the snowflake journalists. That specific subgroup who are inline with the more statist of the Democratic Party – if it’s wonkable they’re in favour. This does rather lead them into adopting whatever is the fashionable position according to that wonkier end of politics without actually thinking through what they’re saying.

For example, we can most certainly note the lack of significant pay rises over the past decade for the average working man and woman in the US.…

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All A Bit Fascist, Isn’t It? GoodThink And Immigration

We can all see what the underlying idea here is but it does sound remarkably fascist, authoritarian, doesn’t it? Only companies which display GoodThink will be allowed to sponsor people to be come immigrants. Roughly, that’s what Javid is saying here. And I, for one, think such ideological status tests stink, stink to high heaven.

Organisations that fail to uphold British values to be barred from recruiting foreign workers

Entirely true, we’d prefer not to allow BackPackBombsRUs to be recruiting their live demonstration models from Peshawar.…

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Cheddar Man Tells Us Something Different About Race And Immigration

It is depressingly true that much science – for example, of the roots of homo sapiens and thus of humanity – is politicised. Rather than a description of what happened we get things distorted through the lens of what people think should be happening now. So, for example, where and when Homo Sapiens turned up in Europe becomes an almost Whiggish story of how Europeans – white of course – scaled ever greater heights of humanity while other areas remained Neanderthal or even Erect.…

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Ken Cuccinelli Is Right Here – Drowned Man At Border Bears At Least Some Responsibility

This sounds harsh and given modern mores is in fact harsh. But there’s also a great deal of truth to it:

Acting director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services Ken Cuccinelli blamed the father in the now-infamous photograph of a drowned man and his daughter at the southern border for both of their deaths.

Who, of his own volition, went into the water with his daughter? At least some of whatever responsibility there is to hand around must go to the person who made that decision, no?…

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The Economics Of Immigration Are Positive But What About The Culture?

It’s well known that the net effect of immigration upon wages is pretty much zero. Immigrants bring with them their own desires as well as their labour. It’s also well known that the overall economic effect of immigration is positive. The fastest way to make someone richer is to move them from a poor country to a rich one. That’s not the end of the story though. What’s the cultural effect of immigration? Fortunately we have past historical exercises we can study to find out:

Gifts of the immigrants, woes of the natives: Lessons from the Age of Mass Migration
Marco Tabellini 25 May 2019

Recent waves of immigration in the US and Europe have triggered debate around the economic and political impact.…

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Contrary To Popular Belief Immigrants Work More Than Natives

Not that this should be hugely a surprise if we give it a moment’s thought. But immigrants have a lower unemployment rate, a higher workforce participation rate, than do natives. That’s for the United States of course:

The unemployment rate for foreign-born persons in the United States was 3.5 percent
in 2018, down from 4.1 percent in 2017, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported
today. The jobless rate of native-born persons was 4.0 percent in 2018, down from
4.4 percent in 2017.

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The People Hurt By Immigration Are The Last Wave Of Immigrants

This isn’t a surprise, it’s a long known result in fact. But it’s nice to see the empirical proof. Immigration doesn’t hit the average long time indigene – in an economic sense that is – as the arrival of the new labour coincides with both the arrival of new demand and also more division and specialisation of labour opportunities. The immigrants benefit greatly. So, who gets hurt? The last wave of immigrants who are still doing those low end jobs the new immigrants are now competing for:

Opening the floodgates: Immigration in the aftermath of the eastern enlargement
Bernt Bratsberg, Andreas Moxnes, Oddbjørn Raaum, Karen-Helene Ulltveit-Moe 09 May 2019

In the aftermath of the eastern enlargement of the EU, Norway experienced one of the largest immigration shocks of the 21st century.…

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Who Knew? Societies Don’t Respond Well To Major Immigration Or Demographic Change

This idea of unlimited immigration might not be all that great an idea. Sure, the simplest and easiest way to reduce poverty is to take someone from a poor country and pt them in a rich one. But human society is – as we all know – more complex than just living standards. It turns out that societies tend not to deal well with major demographic change. From The Conversation:

Identicide: How demographic shifts can rip a country apart

What happens to a country when its core national identity – its preferred image of itself in terms of race or religion – doesn’t match its demographic reality?…

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