Nov 282007

As you probably know, America isn’t the only country with an immigration “problem”. Apparently France has been struggling with an overload of immigrants for many years and I just learned of a rather strange solution they’ve come up with. By way of Spiegel Online

New immigration minister, Brice Hortefeux, confirmed on Wednesday that the government is planning to offer incentives to more immigrants to return home voluntarily. “We must increase this measure to help voluntary return. I am very clearly committed to doing that,” Hortefeux said in an interview with RFI radio.

Under the scheme, Paris will provide each family with a nest egg of €6,000 ($8,000) for when they go back to their country of origin. A similar scheme, which was introduced in 2005 and 2006, was taken up by around 3,000 families.

Hortefeux, who heads up the new “super-ministery” of immigration, integration, national identity and co-development, said he wants to pursue a “firm but humane” immigration policy.

Maybe it’s just me, but what, exactly, is the point of allowing people to immigrate only to turn around and pay them to emigrate once again? If immigrants aren’t contributing to your economy, then why let them in to begin with? And if they are contributing to your economy, then sending local currency home with them doesn’t seem like the wisest of ideas.

In an anarchist society there would be no such thing as an immigration policy. People would be free to come and go as they pleased. You might even say they have the freedom to travel as they desire. If they were contributing to the society they would be welcome, and if they were somehow a drain on their community then they would soon be so ostracized that they would leave of their own accord without need of any additional financial encouragement.

  One Response to “Strangest Immigration “Solution” Ever”

  1. You forgot to put quotes around “immigration.”

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