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Immigration and Freedom

 

The right to migrate gives people a powerful weapon against bad governments.  A government that does not deliver goods, services and freedoms to it’s people at a level proportionate to its neighbors will be threatened if its aggrieved citizens can vote with their feet and leave.  For this to happen people need a place to go to.

Senator Scoop Jackson in 1974 fought for and won an amendment to US trade policy that formalized peoples right to leave an oppressive regime.  But the job is only part finished. People need three things to make the freedom to migrate a reality.  First is the right to emigrate, second is a place to go and third is a way to get there.

When immigrant receiving countries increase the number of people they accept to one percent of their population each year, freedom and prosperity in the world will increase dramatically.

 

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