A study showing the economic benefits of seasonal migration
Do you know how humans dealt with economic crisis (crises? crisi?) in the past? They moved. They got up and moved. This great and constant migration out of Africa is why we’re here in the first place, or wherever you are. Yet this same type of migration is now illegal. But that’s just a consensual hallucination, and it’s not the way it has to be. And it may not be helping.
Free trade is a widely espoused belief (though rarely practiced). Why not free migration?
The world impoverishes itself much more through blocking international migration than any other single class of international policy. A modest relaxation of barriers to human mobility between countries would bring more global economic prosperity than the total elimination of all remaining policy barriers to goods trade – every tariff, every quota – plus the elimination of every last restriction on the free movement of capital. (The Guardian)
Indeed, this author, Michael A. Clemens, states what I have said in the past, that allowing immigration and free trade can do more to help poor countries than any form of direct aid. Seriously, poor people don’t want schools in their poor villages or training in this or the other. They want to earn a living and, if they can’t, to move somewhere they can. Either give them a job or let them find one somewhere else, even if they have to cross political lines.
This may seem like it would uproot the entire world order, but done slowly and wisely, it could be just fine. Like the waves of immigration that made Australia and America, freer migration could help remake an obviously troubled world.