quinta-feira, outubro 02, 2003
Johan Norberg: Open borders - for immigrants as well pt 8/8
To sum up, immigration means that the immigrant, the importing country and the exporting country benefit. And the benefits will grow for all three parties, when demand for workers grows in developed countries, as it does today. Openness would make it easier for people to move across borders and work in another country, without being forced to settle there. The police could stop hunting normal people who just want to live a good and productive life, and instead they could concentrate their resources and attention on the real problems along the borders ? of terrorists and of criminals and trafficking in especially women and children. Those crime syndicates with their ability of crossing borders illegally are profiting from the controls, just as the mafia with its? smuggling abilities was born in the US when alcohol was outlawed.
And above all, we must succeed with integration, through reforms of the welfare state, market reforms and opened labour markets, and a strong fight for our own liberal values. Whatever we think of the issues, it is too late to call for closed borders. We must succeed with integration, with modernisation and secularisation. Already we have perhaps 15 million Muslims in the EU, more than 2 per cent of the Dutch population are Muslims. The same figure in Sweden is 4 per cent, and in France 7 per cent. If we close the borders, if we alienate this substantial minority we risk creating resentment between ethnic and religious groups, and only the fundamentalists would gain. In that case, in a couple of years we are going to see these troubled times as the good old days.
Esta comunicação foi apresentada a 25/09/03.
posted by Miguel Noronha 8:33 da manhã
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