Immigration: Choosing an Adaptation Strategy
Chapter 7 of How the Import of Modern Western Institutions Suppresses Economic Growth: The 1990s East-West and West-East Transition (the book titled Institucionalnye ogranichenia sovremenogo ekonomicheskogo rosta in the original Russian and published in Moscow: "Delo" Publishing House, 2011)
34 Pages Posted: 29 Sep 2013
Date Written: September 23, 2013
Modern approaches to immigration policies in most developed countries make the problems of adaptation for new arrivals more severe. Protracted failure to adapt among immigrants (and even of their descendants) turns into recurrent problems vis-à-vis the law, and even extends into large scale incidents. With time, immigrant failure to adapt intensifies, while its localization in space extends to increasingly larger areas.
Motivation for maintaining non-selective and non-working immigration are available in plenty for many bureaucrats and “leftist politicians”. In conditions of immigration of this kind, many of the immigrants become recipients of state aid, turning into a manipulated electorate. In essence, we are here talking about importing manipulated electorates from countries which lack democratic traditions. The cases of Canada and Australia demonstrates that the mechanism of selective immigration allows for an optimal combination of satisfying labor market needs with moderate costs of adaptation for the new citizens. This means that the costs are moderate for all: for the new immigrants, for their neighbors, and for society as a whole.
Keywords: Government's immigration strategy, immigrants' adaptation incentives, civic skill and human capital, private property devaluation, immigrants electoral behavior
JEL Classification: D72, D73, D78, K37
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