When political parties across the world complain about their own country’s “inefficient” way of coping with immigration, they frequently refer to us in Canada. The “points system” of selecting permanent immigrants according to their human capital – as calculated according to age, education, occupation, language ability and optional job offer – holds out the promise that the immigration system can do what eugenics could not: control entry into the political community of only the best and the brightest. And the fact that a Conservative government manages to cater to its anti-immigrant base while cultivating a substantial immigrant vote arouses curiosity and envy among European politicians of all stripes. The points system has been one of the two main portals into Canada since the 1960s (the other one being kinship). Yet its role is frequently overstated. Over the past 50 years, 60-70% of permanent immigrants Canada admitted annually (out of a … [Read more...] about European politicians envy Canada’s points system for migrants. But how well has it worked?
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Immigration politics exploded to the front-burner of the Democratic primary process on Wednesday as presidential hopefuls took turns blasting President Trump in the wake of the deaths of a Salvadoran man and his two-year-old daughter, drowned trying to cross the Rio Grande. 'It's heartbreaking. It should also p**s us all off,' said former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro during the first primary debate of the 2020 election season. Castro called for a change in federal law that would no longer 'criminalize desperation' by reclassifying border-jumping as a civil infraction instead of a crime. Ohio Rep Tim Ryan blasted the Trump administration for presiding over a longstanding but deteriorating system that houses children separately from the adults who bring them into the US. 'What kind of a country are we running here?' he asked, claiming that 'we've got kids literally laying in their own snot with three-week-old diapers that haven't been changed.' Wednesday's … [Read more...] about First 2020 debate erupts into a fiery shouting match on immigration in wake of father and daughter’s border deaths – and candidates compete to speak in Spanish – as Trump tweets ‘BORING!’
If Boris Johnson puts pen to paper and it doesn’t get on the front page of the Telegraph, did it really happen? I guess we’ll never know. Writing for the paper, Boris Johnson has put forward his six-point plan for Brexit. In brief: he argues that the government should bin its Chequers proposal, which would see the UK remain closely aligned with the EU on goods and agri-food regulation. Brimming with confidence, Johnson urges the prime minister to renege on the insurance policy (backstop) for Northern Ireland – which would see Northern Ireland remain in the EU’s customs union and de facto single market for goods in the event that a solution which removes the need for physical infrastructure and associated checks at the land-border with Ireland fails to emerge – arguing that the future relationship will resolve the Irish border issue. He advocates a free trade agreement along the lines of Canada’s with the EU, leaving the UK free to pursue other … [Read more...] about There’s nothing ‘super’ about Boris Johnson’s tired old Brexit ideas