Immigration a Key to Innovation

Great article in Newsweek from Fareed Zakaria -- The Rise of the Rest -- about how large chunks of the world are dramatically improving and growing significantly in an era of ever reducing violence. Finally. A positive view of globalization, and one distinctly lacking all the fear about the US falling to second class (or even third class) economic status (which is nothing more than propaganda). The gloom-and-doomers and isolationists in the US are an obviously and obnoxiously vocal minority, and they will miss this positive view because it's actually based on embracing the entire world with that nasty word -- immigration. Zakaria says that "the potential for a new burst of American productivity depends not on our education system or R&D spending, but on our immigration policies. If these people are allowed and encouraged to stay, then innovation will happen here. If they leave, they'll take it with them." 
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Skilled immigration not only helps an economy grow however it is also cheaper for a government to attract overseas graduate as then the government does not have to pay for their education. In Europe countries can "head hunt" graduates from neighboring countries as geographically it is close and again it is cheaper than educating their own citizens.

Posted by Leon burger on February 08, 2009 at 01:44 PM JST #

Skilled immigration not only helps an economy grow however it is also cheaper for a government to attract overseas graduate as then the government does not have to pay for their education. In Europe countries can "head hunt" graduates from neighboring countries as geographically it is close and again it is cheaper than educating their own citizens.

Posted by Leon burger on February 08, 2009 at 01:52 PM JST #

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