Saturday, February 11, 2017

Subsidizing the Developing World as a Solution to Problematic Immigration

                America should not be a place that tempts people to abandon their home country and their countrymen. It is shameless to leave one’s own people to wallow in disparity in order to further one’s own economic prosperity. America should bring the success and benefits of the developed world to the countries whose people abandon them. Allegorically, every country is a jigsaw puzzle, and while the developed world may have put more of their pieces together than the second and third world, there should be no temptation for immigrants to sacrifice helping their own country in order to personally reap more wealth and enjoy a more picture perfect scenario in the developed world. This is why I argue in favor of a sort of reverse immigration, where America expends its resources on developing countries in exchange for  more fruitful and profitable economic relationships.
                If immigration continues to be a prize for those that become affluent enough to leave their homeland, this does nothing but exacerbate the disparity between the developing world and the developed world. This process robs these countries of their skilled labor and skilled entrepreneurs while increasing the concentration of those who are less capable of improving their country. By doing this, the immigrants are reaping the harvest from their country that could go to benefit their own people, and exporting this harvest to the developed world who benefits much less from this economic activity than the home country. By continuing to ignore this temptation that robs the developing world of the people who can help develop it the most, the developed world is hurting countries who could easily be very strong economic allies in the future.
                In a globalized world, when many countries are not performing as well as they could, this hurts everybody, because all markets are interdependent in some way. A system of economic incentives could help reduce the impact of the exodus of skill. The exchange rates could easily be utilized to provide people in developing countries a higher quality of life than they would achieve in America if they choose to keep their business and trade in their own country, as it is much cheaper to live in these places than it is in 1st world. By subsidizing the labor of potential immigrants, the developed world is able to accelerate the increase in the concentration of skilled labor in these countries instead of rob them of their quality workers who are tempted by the wages abroad. Keeping this revenue in these developing countries helps the private sector grow which increases the potential for valuable trade, and increases the rate at which these countries develop by spurring their own economic growth.
                This sort of economic subsidy can easily be considered foreign aid, because helping these economies grow can be even more impactful to the quality of human life than simply providing aid in the form of basic needs. While basic needs may keep people alive, they do nothing to actually help the countries develop to the point where they can prevent the problems that they are currently stricken with, they simply address the direct means of suffering without doing anything to tackle the root of the problem. This type of foreign aid can ultimately be far more impactful to the economies of both the benefactor and the beneficiary, because ultimately this money being spent is an investment, rather than simple aid money. This money would be used to invest in the future of these countries by facilitating economic growth in order to resolve the issue of human suffering rather than provide a temporary solution to human by providing aid that will only mask the problem for a short time.
                There is a problem when everyone in the world wants to immigrate to the first world, because this means nobody sees the possibility of a successful future in their own country. While the first world is defined by it’s affluence, this should not mean that the first world is the only place that one can achieve affluence. The first would should work as a mentor to the developing world, helping these people achieve the same levels of success rather than continue with the imperialistic mindset of exploiting these countries for their resources and exploiting their people as a form a cheap labor. By hoarding the affluence and recirculating their profits nearly exclusively through their own country and their allies, these countries maintain the stagnant disparity where people think “In my country, I cannot be successful, but in the 1st world, I can.” This mentality is what causes people to risk life and limb in order to get into one of these 1st world countries and is the root of the migrant crisis the world is experiencing today. Instead of tempting people to take a suicidal trip across the world in order to achieve a level of success that they desire, let these people know that they can achieve the level of success they want and live a decent life in their own country.
                As much as it may seem noble to “accept immigrants” into your country, these immigrants are the wealthy and successful people of their homeland, and by accepting these people, you are stealing the success of these developing countries who desperately need it in order to further their goal of becoming a developed country. This is why I argue against allowing the temptation of immigration to cripple these countries and in favor of providing a means for anybody in the world to live a decent life by subsidizing the work they do in their homeland in order to spur the development of these countries. Skilled labor and a specialized workforce were two of the largest reasons why the 1st world was able to transform from an agrarian society into an industrial powerhouse, and by tempting the people from these developing countries to immigrate with their skills in order to earn more money the 1st world is robbing the developing nations of their skilled labor and educated people that they need to become more so developed. Reasons like these are why I argue that subsidizing the developing world could easily be a solution to the migrant crisis and the exodus of skilled labor from the developing world.

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