econintersect .com

FREE NEWSLETTER: Econintersect sends a nightly newsletter highlighting news events of the day, and providing a summary of new articles posted on the website. Econintersect will not sell or pass your email address to others per our privacy policy. You can cancel this subscription at any time by selecting the unsubscribing link in the footer of each email.

posted on 20 January 2018

Why Would Somebody From Norway Want To Immigrate To The USA? What S...holes Are Getting In?

Written by

President Trump wants immigration from non-sh*thole countries. To me, the entire system of immigration is misguided.

Please share this article - Go to very top of page, right hand side, for social media buttons.

And President Trump wants immigration from countries such as Norway. Honestly, if I were a Norwegian, I would never immigrate to the USA. [Note: this author has lived short term in Norway.] Although Norway has a very high tax rate, the standard of living is noticeably higher than the U.S.. Norwegians (and those in many European countries) would give up way too much to permanently immigrate to the good 'ole USA.

Here is the way the USA immigration system is supposed to work - according to the American Immigration Council:

U.S. immigration law is very complex, and there is much confusion as to how it works. The Immigration and Naturalization Act (INA), the body of law governing current immigration policy, provides for an annual worldwide limit of 675,000 permanent immigrants, with certain exceptions for close family members. Lawful permanent residency allows a foreign national to work and live lawfully and permanently in the United States. Lawful permanent residents (LPRs) are eligible to apply for nearly all jobs (i.e., jobs not legitimately restricted to U.S. citizens) and can remain in the country even if they are unemployed. Each year the United States also admits noncitizens on a temporary basis. Annually, Congress and the President determine a separate number for refugee admissions.

Immigration to the United States is based upon the following principles: the reunification of families, admitting immigrants with skills that are valuable to the U.S. economy, protecting refugees, and promoting diversity.

If the system was working properly, there would be a relative balance between continents - and the current data does not show much balance.

It the pie chart above is too confusing - here is a bar chart using the same data:

And here we see that immigrants from Africa and Asia are significantly under represented into the USA - whilst North America (Canada, Caribbean and Mexico only, the USA was not included in the population count, of course) was significantly over represented.

Some random thoughts:

  • President Trump is correct that that immigration should be guided to providing the skills that the USA needs. This includes white and blue collar workers. Except in very limited circumstances - immigration should be limited to improving the USA labor pool.
  • Immigration policy seems to me to be in the same league as political gerrymandering for House of Representative's seats.
  • The USA needs to utilize right-to-reside non-immigrant visas (with no path to citizenship) which do NOT require sponsorship by business. Several countries in the world do this. It should be relatively easier to obtain, be permanent, and one category within this group allows employment.
  • Also we need to recognize that Canada and Mexico are special cases - and need to be handled more rationally. There needs to be a relatively easy right to reside/work strategy just for Canadians and Mexicans with no path to citizenship.

Other Economic News this Week:

The Econintersect Economic Index for January 2018 Economic Index improved and remains in territory associated with stronger economic growth.

Bankruptcies this Week from EXCO Resources (a/k/a TXOK Energy Resources Company)

Weekly Economic Release Scorecard:

>>>>> Scroll down to view and make comments <<<<<<

Click here for Historical News Post Listing

Make a Comment

Econintersect wants your comments, data and opinion on the articles posted. You can also comment using Facebook directly using he comment block below.

Econintersect Contributors

Print this page or create a PDF file of this page
Print Friendly and PDF

The growing use of ad blocking software is creating a shortfall in covering our fixed expenses. Please consider a donation to Econintersect to allow continuing output of quality and balanced financial and economic news and analysis.

Keep up with economic news using our dynamic economic newspapers with the largest international coverage on the internet
Asia / Pacific
Middle East / Africa
USA Government

 navigate econintersect .com


Analysis Blog
News Blog
Investing Blog
Opinion Blog
Precious Metals Blog
Markets Blog
Video of the Day


Asia / Pacific
Middle East / Africa
USA Government

RSS Feeds / Social Media

Combined Econintersect Feed

Free Newsletter

Marketplace - Books & More

Economic Forecast

Content Contribution



  Top Economics Site Contributor TalkMarkets Contributor Finance Blogs Free PageRank Checker Active Search Results Google+

This Web Page by Steven Hansen ---- Copyright 2010 - 2018 Econintersect LLC - all rights reserved