12 January 2012

I’m Right (Again)

But, in the first study of its kind, the MAC – set up by the last Labour government, and independent of Whitehall – said large-scale immigration was having a significant impact on the job prospects of the ‘native’ population.
The report, which follows years of controversy over whether immigration leads to fewer jobs for British workers, showed that every increase of 100 foreign-born working-age migrants in the UK was linked to a reduction of 23 Britons in employment between 1995 and 2010.
Between 2005 and 2010 alone, the number of working-age migrants in employment rose by 700,000 and displaced 160,000 British-born workers, it said.

As can generally be expected, increasing the supply of something—in this case labor—without a similar increase in demand for that thing will generally lead to lower prices.  When there is a price floor of sorts (minimum wage, workers’ rights, etc.), the better labor will win out at the margins, which is what appears to have happened here.  Since those who decide to emigrate usually tend to be of a rather hardy stock, it should come as no surprise that they are often viewed as marginally better labor, and, as such, get hired more often.  And it should also come as no surprise that the marginally superior laborers (immigrants) are offered jobs that would otherwise be offered to natives.

But more than that, it is philosophically consistent to support both free trade and free labor, as the arguments or them are rather similar.  The problem, though, with both free trade and free labor is that domestic regulation of both tends to discourage domestic production/producers. As such, both free trade and free labor operate essentially as foreign subsidies. However, free labor is the more pernicious of the two seeing as how it not only undermines domestic production, but also domestic culture, what with the sudden influx of people from other cultures.  Ad while people from another culture may enjoy the consequences of living in another culture, this is no guarantee that they will ever do anything but support and further their original culture.

The lesson to be learned from this is that free labor—or even limited regulation—is not particularly beneficial for the native population, economically.  As such, it can reasonably be said that any politician who advocates an increase in immigration, tolerance for illegal aliens, or otherwise promotes the migration of foreign workers of any sort is one who is ignorant, hates his country, or is simply stupid.

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