Tuesday, July 11, 2006
Finder's Fee for Immigrants?
As I was watching the Fox & Friends co-hosts discuss illegal immigration ad nauseum, I remembered I had read in the Economist that Canada is in such desparate need of blue collar workers that it is reexamining its immigration policy to cure the problem. In the western provinces of Alberta and British Columbia, unemployment is almost 1/2 the national average of 6.4%. With Canada's generous social benefits, it is finding few of its unemployed well-educated populace willing to move out of their home provinces to ones needing people to "work with their hands." Ergo, employers are having a difficult time getting workers in the booming oil sands of Alberta and to prep for the 2010 Olympics in British Columbia. Maybe, the US should charge Canada a "finder's fee" for all the illegals who are detained and vetted by the US and who agree to be sent to an amenable Canada. The US gets additional revenue, Canada gets much needed workers, and illegals get desired income for them and their families: it's a win-win-win situation!
Posted by Carpe Diem at 5:32 AM