Immigration and Economy

One of the current mantras is that immigration is necessary so that we can, at best, have our economies continue to grow and, at worst, at least save as much as possible of our West European welfare systems as we possibly can. One issue raised often, these days, is that immigration is the only way to make sure that our pension systems will live on and continue to pay out pensions despite the rather top-heavy demographics of the “old” industrialized world.

Looking at the quality, if you don’t mind me calling it that, of immigrants these past, say, almost ten years, I, as well as many others, doubt that immigration will be able to help us at all.

According to one study by Jan Ekberg , immigration will affect the GDP by -2 percent up to 2 percent depending on the type of immigration.

Immigration will not make much difference at all and it might as well cost us rather then be a benefit.

For some strange reason, many West European countries’ governments seems to have decided that we shouldn’t look to closely at the figures behind their projections that immigration is a good thing. Even the OECD  seems to chime in, in their latest report.

OECD delivers rather funny figures, it seems! By intention?

In Sweden, there is no official critique against the OECD report. On the contrary, various official and public figure-heads have had outbursts of pure joy over the report. “Read our {adjusted} summaries of the {adjusted} OECD report {all yee who are weak in spirit}, and see for yourselves that immigration is a Goodly Thing!”, they say – albeit not quite in those words.

Further more, any study into the costs of immigration are more or less banned. If they are made, they are certainly not quoted officially. It seems like the old Swedish proverb about the Swedish army is true even when it comes to migration policy and general discussion; “if the terrain doesn’t match the map, trust the map!”.

The OECD has been fiddling with the books to suit the wishes of their masters, but for whatever reason I cannot fathom. Sweden is second to the left, one step from Germany, when it comes to losses because of immigration.


Read more on Tino Sanandaji’s blog.

Could Sweden, like most of the other industrialized countries, attract trained and skilled immigrants it might make a difference. Now, however, the major groups of immigrants are Syrian – due to the civil war, Somali, Afghan and Eritrean. Full stats from 2012 found here.

All the above  countries are known for their highly developed educational systems and their Nobel-prized academic skills. No! Sorry! I was being ruthlessly ironic there. Me bad, or?


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