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The government says there will be fewer low-skilled migrants after Brexit

And EU citizens will no longer be first in the queue.

The prime minister announced that after Brexit the UK will let in fewer low-skilled foreign workers and give no preference to EU citizens.

What it means: A couple of weeks back, we mentioned that the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) had made a report for the UK government telling them that they should let in more highly skilled immigrants but tell everyone else to shove off. Theresa May has now said that sounds like a smashing idea and she’s going to make it government policy

If her plans go through, there will no longer be free movement (where people can live and work here as they please) between us and the rest of the EU. Highly-qualified foreigners (and students) will be welcomed, but will have to earn over £30,000 a year. May reckons that’ll stop employers preferring foreigners to locals (the average British salary is £27,200). Low-skilled EU citizens who already live here will be allowed to stay.

Many businesses in industries that employ lots of low-skilled migrants, like farming and hospitality, are complaining that they’ll no longer be able to get the staff they need. But as MAC’s report found that low-skilled migrants push down the wages of low-skilled locals, having fewer of them around might give some people a pay boost. And the British population, 71 percent of whom want fewer migrants, are likely to be happy about May’s plans.

There is one small niggle though. May hasn’t yet managed to sort out a Brexit deal with the EU, who are still pretty keen on free movement for their citizens and might make a deal dependent on it. Of course, Britain could Brexit without a deal, and just cross its fingers that everyone who said this would be a huge economic disaster didn’t know what they were talking about.

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  • RW

    Your right to a degree. You mentioned “the wandering Jew”.

    I elaborate that the Jewish people, historically have tended to migrate almost exclusively to locations that are economically and culturally vibrant already. I would speculate that Jews have thrived in these places and have often improved the bounds of their economies and knowledge base.

    You can also ask; how many massive entertainment conglomerates, Nobel winners or billionaires has Isreal developed? If Jews are so capable, why isn’t Tel Aviv the Rome of our time?

    Jews are successful because they value education, maintain a strong social cohesive, they actively monitor and have a good sense for Zeitgeist wherever they are and they carefully choose the places they settle and congregate themselves heavily in these choice locations.

    But most importantly (haulocaust increased the importance of this aspect), they actually designed their culture for success. They not only attend Harvard, they use what they learned to better the group as a whole. With as much, they studied intricate networking systems, adapted to it and in many cases improved upon them. (See how Japan acquired Aegis warships and made them better).

    Of course there is nothing wrong with any of this. It’s when you elaborately gain disproportionate power in any society where you would stand out, you must take care when attempting to make a society better (Civil Rights movement) and rewriting that society all together (mass immigration). Ask blacks in China, Mexico, Philippines or India how much opportunity they have? Go to businesses owned by their American diaspora and see how many blacks they hire. Go to Silicon Valley and see how many East or South Asian tech workers wish they could work with more black people. California might work as a state, but as a nation, I think your rolling the nuclear dice here. I hope we can succeed as a tolerant pluralistic superpower but at this stage in human societal development, it’s a pipe dream.

    And if Jews really are the icon for success, they would see that fundamental human successes happen over generations. Just look at the rest of the planet? Are we ready?