No Profit From Free Immigration

The demand for unrestricted immigration has made the journey from socialist and liberal youth organisations to parliamentary politics. But Sweden already has labour force immigration. It is now possible for a Japanese computer programmer that Ericsson wants to hire to move to Sweden. The new thing with free immigration is, in practice, unrestricted immigration of non-labour force immigrants, mainly from poor countries.

Some think tanks believe that all immigration is an economically profitable business, including the asylum immigration that Sweden has already had. The Centre Party's immigration policy spokesperson has said, "Free immigration is a hugely good deal for Sweden".

This is not, however, the conclusion of national economic research, which distinguishes between different forms of immigration. That the labour migration of skilled workers to the United States is profitable does not prove asylum immigration of low-skilled immigrants from ...

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