Thursday, August 31, 2006

The New Wave of European Emigration

Did you know that half of all Britons have considered emigrating from the United Kingdom and thirteen-percent said they were hoping to do it in the near future? Those numbers, and especially the last one, are monstrously high. Europeans have said they dislike high unemployment, high taxes, and high cost of living. Places like Canada, Australia, and the United States have a lower tax burden and still have competitive market economies.

More examples are abound. Germans are leaving their fatherland looking for jobs. 145,000 Germans have emigrated last year amid record postwar unemployment, pushing emigration to its highest level since 1954. Right now unemployment in Germany is flirting with pre-Hitler levels.

All this is bad for Europe as an economic/political system. Birth rates are below two children for every mother causing negative population growth, there is a lack of workers, and immigration from groups like Turks and Arabs who, sometimes violently, reject the native culture. The riots in France both in the spring were caused by youth who violently fought against making the market more competitive. If France and the rest of Europe cannot adapt then they will perish as we know them. Things will only get worse as the most productive and competitive citizens leave Europe for better lives elsewhere.

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