Immigration: The Polish paradox | The Economist

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This is a good article from the Economist, looking at Polish immigration into UK. Check it out!

via Immigration: The Polish paradox | The Economist.

Personally, I believe that the EU’s policy of free migration across Europe is good for Europe economically. It encourages greater competition and drives down inflation in labor costs. My own experience of Poles, Bulgarians and Rumanians is that they are prepared to work very hard indeed and are willing to take jobs that the indigenous population regard as beneath them.

It will be the millennials across Europe who will feel the greatest competition from the Bulgarians & Romanians, following the lifting of EU immigration restrictions in January, 2014.

How should responsible Governments respond to the political and social pressures of immigration? Any thoughts?

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5 responses

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  4. Dr Alf poses an interesting question to which the practical answer is to stop all further immigration except for people with special skills because we do not have the houses(shortage of 11 million) or the infrastructure to support 132 million people which is what the population will be if Turkey becomes a member of the EU along with the Ukraine.
    We are effectively full up and overpopulated by about 35 million too many people .
    Of those we have there are too many old and economically useless pensioners and a middle aged population which is grossly obese,lazy and unproductive.
    The answer is to shock these people out of their self induced torpor,challenge them and make them productive,not take the easy option of allowing unfettered immigration of people from Eastern Europe prepared to do the work that the indigenous population refuses to do.
    What are the difficult steps that need to be taken?
    1)Reduce annual holiday entitlements to 4 weeks until productivity rises to top decile levels
    2)Toughen up the “fit note ” regime and crack down on malingerers in doctors surgeries
    3)Variable taxes on foods and more pedestrianised ares properly policed to encourage walking
    4)Extend the schoolday to 12 hours with compulsory PE ,language skills training,NLP training ,business appreciation training and sales training.Raise standards to global best in breed levels,clear out trendy teachers ,adopt Shanghai teaching methods and introduce a “Troops to teachers” programme whilst replacing trendy heads with retrained Army Officers and replacing sink school teachers with ex military personnel
    5)Build systems built Hof Hauses in or adjacent to areas where there is work and require people from unemployment blackspots to move there rather than rotting on the dole
    6)Remove Adult Social Care recipients without relatives to GOA and Thailand where they can be treated at a fraction of the cost.
    Aggressively re-enable the rest where possible leaving the remaining 1/3rd to be cared for in a merged NHS/Adult Social Care system using robots for cleaning,feeding,toileting,bed turning,lifting and delivering prescribed doses of medication
    7)Establish Business Boot Camps where Millenials can incubate their own businesses,learn languages and be mentored by greybeards
    8)Create a “Swarm Out” programme modelled on what the Chinese are doing to encourage people to emigrate.
    This would be targetted to get rid of those people the country does not want or need and retain those we do need
    9)Quadruple the export salesforce and writing down allowances for plant equipment and machinery with a strong Dr Alf style multiplier to ensure takeup
    10)Lower taxes and become a tax haven to encourage foreign inward investment
    11)Re introduce National Service for the young and a civilian conservation corps of older unemployed people who would be assigned to infrastructure projects and placed into “benefit recycling schemes”

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