The Political Solution to Immigration
thought of a solution to immigration, having made the topic my business for 20 years now. It is simple yet elegant. It retains
the economic advantages of immigration while ameliorating the problems including that it’s a politically sensitive issue.
should have Just-in-Time immigration. The idea is to have a lower, background level to the national immigration program but
when any growth city develops low unemployment there would be a special movement just to that city for just the coming year.
When general unemployment goes down in a specific city local corporations should be given additional work visas for skilled
and professional foreigners. The special movement would be for permanent immigrants that bring their family, supplement the
corporate class movement of immigrants that is done already. This way you could top up the cities that were ahead economically
and keep the rest of the country growing normally. Businesses are usually keen on hiring foreigners when there is a tight
labour market and you might have to prioritize the movement to bottlenecks and critical services. The background immigration
would be of humanitarian, family class and corporate class immigrants as usual. There is a demand for these classes of immigrants
and the Immigration Department has to be prudent about the numbers it lets in.
top up would be in limited numbers so it’s practical from the administration point of view. The applications would have
to be vetted for fraud and suitability, the ability to speak the language in particular. The process would have to be funded
properly so employers can get foreign workers in fairly quickly. The new immigrants would come permanently and bring their
family. The family members are additional workers as well, cooling other aspects of a hot labour market. This Just-In-Time
immigration would make the immigration program a local economic initiative and it would have energy and be popular.
of skilled and professional immigrants would cool wage inflation in areas that are experiencing shortages. In general cooling
wage inflation is a function of adequate formal schooling of youth and on-the-job training of intermediate workers. In Canada
there has been a 18 year business cycle, from 1990 to 2008, in which wage inflation was restrained by these mechanisms. This would be an additional mechanism to cool wage inflation. A special movement of
skilled and professional immigrants would be an additional anti-inflation measure.
in growth and demographics of a city would be caught be the yearly adjustment of its quota. This includes illegal immigration.
Good statistics are available on a city-by-city basis so the program is straight forward.
At a low
level of unemployment wages at the bottom firm but also the substantial number of people with marginal attachment to the work
force return to work. So, full employment is a real economic tonic. It would foster the next step in social and economic progress.
minimizes any arguments that there are too many or too few immigrants. Eventually all the growth cities in the country would
become economically synchronized and easier for the Central Bank to manage. More immigration to a city would become a local
issue to be decided upon by the population in each city. On idea is to appoint an immigration Auditor for a city that would
watch dog the numbers. He would balance the claims of labour shortages with the problem that businesses don’t want to
train and want cheap labour – conflicts like that. The Auditor would be the economic Czar for a city, as population
growth tends to define the cities economic parameters.
The current immigration program in most
immigration countries is a steady rate influx or quota and this is called gradualism. The idea is it is orderly and enables
long term growth. However it leads to unemployment and low wages at the bottom in the destination cities in the mean time.
This is a problem and unfair to the workers at the bottom. The city-by-city mechanism eliminates this unfairness and the human
inventory cost which this gradualism entails. The savings is by the billions of dollars annually per large city which is realized
in better family income, everyone working.