Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Strict Immigration Laws Pay Off

Or at least they help reducing the costs associated with multiculturalism. Denmark has saved 6.7 billion euros.
Denmark's strict immigration laws have saved the country billions in benefits, a government report has claimed. The Integration Ministry report has now led to calls among right-wing populists to clamp down further on immigrants to increase the savings.
Pind was talking after the ministry's report -- initiated by the right-wing populist Danish People's Party (DPP) -- came to the conclusion that by tightening immigration laws, Denmark has saved €6.7 billion ($10 billion) over the last 10 years, money which otherwise would supposedly have been spent on social benefits or housing. According to the figures, migrants from non-Western countries who did manage to come to Denmark have cost the state €2.3 billion, while those from the West have actually contributed €295 million to government coffers.
Now, I wonder, what are the numbers for Canada? Considering that under our current immigration programme a mere 17% of the principal applicants are selected through the points system and that many departments and programs almost openly discriminate against immigrants from the Western countries to make room for "humanitarian" cases, the numbers should be close to those of the UK, where the cost of multiculturalism amounts to £8.8 billion (~$15B).

Will the government get the message and start fixing our immigration system? Or will they choose to cut essential services instead (or to run deficits for longer time) rather than making unpopular decisions out of fear of losing the immigrant votes? Hopefully they take advantage of the long-awaited majority, stop worrying about the next election for a while and start thinking about the nation's future instead.

Update: According to the Fraser Institute report, immigration costs Canada $23 billion annually. So it's actually even worse than in the UK. Next time someone tells you that immigrants built Canada - remember that those were self-sufficient immigrants, that were willing and able to pay their own bills and to become part of the host society.

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