Thursday, November 03, 2005

Is Wholesale Compassion Really Compassionate? France, Canada, and the U.S.

Ongoing riots in France (Muslim population 5-10%) the BBC's headline reports has its roots in French Muslims face job discrimination. Unemployment among people of French origin is 9.2%. Among those of foreign origin, the figure is 14% - even after adjusting for educational qualifications. Racial discrimination is banned in France, but language discrimination has long been en force.

from National Center for Scientific Research:
In the immediate postwar period, France was the only country in Europe to encourage permanent immigration. ............France is the only country to have witnessed a large-scale migrant social movement in each of the past three decades: the migrant workers? rent strikes in the 1970s, the "second generation" movement in the 1980s, and the sans papiers (those without documents) mobilization in the 1990s. ............Thus today, in spite of a partial regularization of undocumented aliens in 1997, there are still many people living in France known as inexpulsables-irrégularisables. This group—including rejected asylum-seekers from countries to which it is not safe to return, and foreign parents of French children—cannot be expelled, yet is not eligible for residency permits. Virginie Guiraudon, (Emphasis added)

Canada to Start Accepting More Immigrants - Canada's government unveiled changes to its immigration policy Monday, including up to 300,000 new immigrants annually within the next five years. More than 220,000 people have obtained permanent Canadian residency annually since 2000. Canada (Muslim population 1.9%), slightly larger than the United States, has only 33 million people, compared with the U.S. Census's last estimate of 297 million people.
Canada is often criticized for attracting highly educated immigrants, who then complain that their professional credentials are not accepted.

Conclusion: Obviously, the problem today, unlike in periods of early U.S. immigration, is an unmet expectation of immigrants to achieve par with natural populations. The expectation is not only unreasonable (even for professionals, due to differences in licensing requirements), but we can see how dangerous it will become. Early U.S. immigrants from all countries aculturated as fast as possible (language, education, accepting menial jobs as necessary).

Unlike yesteryear's hard working, but legal immigrants, content to struggle patiently just to remain in lands of greater opportunity and lesser repression, the children of today's legal and illegal immigrants consider themselves consumers who see a way of life they are entitled to possess, regardless. Unrealistic expectations must be tempered immediately.

Apprenticeships and internships of predetermined length must be mandated for laborers and professionals alike. As with union trade and professional occupations, entry requirements must be uniform for everyone. This is already done in the professions and to some extent in the trades. While little is taken for granted, people outside of the professions are not well-aquainted with detailed prerequisites beyond mandatory education, successful examinations and internships. The daunting difficulty of attaining minimum job requirements must be as well-advertised to foreignors as the attractiveness of the country has been and taught to immigrant school children.

An adult child of an illegal immigrant should rarely have anyone else to blame for poor references, poor scholarship, lassitude, dishonetsy, poor language skills and unrealistic employment goals.


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