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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

A Rule of Thumb on Immigration

Nativists occasionally assert that a high rate of immigration is an unprecedented experiment. On the other hand, the US immigration in 1907 was 1.5% of the population. So … maybe we can admit up to 1.5% of the population each year. That's more than the current rate of immigration to Europe during this refugee “crisis.”

A potential problem: The above rule of thumb implies that the 2003 Iraq invasion was the 2003 Iraq immigration. This is oddly low for a successful invasion.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Vader said...

"On the other hand, the US immigration in 1907 was 1.5% of the population. So … maybe we can admit up to 1.5% of the population each year. That's more than the current rate of immigration to Europe during this refugee “crisis.”"

This seems to assume that 1.5% immigration in the 1900s worked out well. Given the subsequent rise of Progressivism in both parties at about this time, I'm going to have to regard this as an assertion of fact not in evidence.

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