Immigration, East and West
0 comment Monday, May 26, 2014 |
Here is a different approach to dealing with the immigration problem: France is offering money to immigrants to go home.
France to pay immigrants to return home
France is home to over 5 million immigrants -- and the new conservative-led government doesn't plan on making things any more comfortable for them. While the new regime in Paris is determined to curb illegal immigration, it is also looking to encourage legal migrants to reconsider their decision to stay in France -- by paying them to go back home.
New immigration minister, Brice Hortefeux, confirmed on Wednesday that the government is planning to offer incentives to more immigrants to return home voluntarily. "We must increase this measure to help voluntary return. I am very clearly committed to doing that," Hortefeux said in an interview with RFI radio.
Under the scheme, Paris will provide each family with a nest egg of �6,000 ($8,000) for when they go back to their country of origin. A similar scheme, which was introduced in 2005 and 2006, was taken up by around 3,000 families.''
Now, on the face of it, this looks like a plausible idea, but it would work only if France strictly enforces its borders and ports. After all, could the immigrants who are paid to return home not simply sneak back in, using different names, like so many of our illegals do, and collect some more money to leave? And if other countries adopt this practice, I can well imagine some shrewd immigrants going from one country to another and collecting their $200 every time they pass 'go.' They could conceivably make a tidy living this way if the countries involved do not keep careful record of who leaves and who enters.
And also Hortefeux, the new immigration minister who is quoted in the article, says that France will not give amnesty to illegal immigrants. Can we trade our our 'Homeland Security' chief for this man?
When Sarkozy was elected I expressed some skepticism about him; I don't claim to be an expert on French politics, but Sarkozy it seems is more of a right-liberal than a conservative. But if he is serious about doing something about the immigration issue, even a small effort is something, as compared to our political classes who have made it clear that they will do NOTHING about illegal immigration except to encourage it by every means possible, and to offer rewards and incentives to the invaders, while flipping the bird to American citizens.
So I suggest that American neocons who are fond of disparaging France might want to think twice: it looks as though France at least has some plan to deal with the problem.
So what say you, readers? Is this French plan a good idea, or not?
Paying immigrants to go home doesn't sound cruel and heartless to me. And look at it this way: it is much more costly to keep most of our immigrants here, because they are heavy users of social services and various government programs. They cost much more than they pay in taxes, so paying them the equivalent of $8000 sounds like a bargain to me. And I suspect it is the same in France, with the immigrants costing the system more than they contribute.
However, I have to defer to the judgment of those who know France better than I, and that includes just about everyone. Perhaps my reader and commenter 'zazie', who is French, may have an opinion on this.
And from the other side of the world, we read this depressing headline:
Japan Will Allow More Immigration
Japan will open its borders to more foreign workers to keep the economy growing as its population ages, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Mitoji Yabunaka said.
``We're ready to make Japan as open as possible,'' Yabunaka said in a May 21 interview in Tokyo. ``Clearly there's the need for more immigration. We're faced with all sorts of demographic questions.''
Japan's population began declining in 2005 and the government said earlier this year that it may fall by as much as a quarter by 2050. Japan has never had to rely on mass immigration, unlike countries such as the U.S. and Australia that were founded by migrants.
``Japan has no official immigration policy like those of the U.S. or Australia,'' said Hidenori Sakanaka, director of the Japan Immigration Policy Institute. ``The policy has been to keep people out if they intend to stay permanently.''
This is sad; Japan is a country with a high living standard and an orderly society. Why on God's green earth do they want to invite trouble by making Japan an 'open' country, and importing strangers? Japan is often described as 'xenophobic' which no doubt means they are sensible people who like to keep their country Japanese, and prefer their own to strangers. And make no mistake, any country has a perfect right to restrict who enters and who stays. It's a bizarre notion that everybody has a right to wander the world like a gypsy (oops, is that politically incorrect?) and take up residence wherever they choose without regard to the people of that country. Yet in our age, it is almost taken as a given that any country which strictly controls its borders is some kind of outlaw country which must be made to open up. And given that Japan is a First World, civilized country with a high standard of living, of course it is seen as a 'wealthy' country, and that means it's a target for the levelers, who want to drag everybody down to the same dreary level.
I would suspect that the average Japanese citizen will not acquiesce to this assault by the open borders fanatics and the globalists. If the Japanese people are as ethnocentric as they seem, they will not want their country changed into something else. More immigrants will make for less social cohesion, more strife and tension, and more crime. Breaking up a country by means of forced immigration should be made some kind of crime, the victims being the citizens of the country.
Surely the Japanese people are perceptive enough to see what is happening to other countries on whom 'diversity' and 'multiculturalism' have been inflicted, and they would not want the same fate to befall Japan. It amazes me that so many countries are having to learn the hard way that a 'diverse' society is unstable and eventually strife-torn, and the benefits which are derived from importing cheap labor are limited to the business interests who profit from it.

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