Immigration

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(Especially immigration restriction.) Libertarians have many stands on immigration. Some take the position that the state has no right to restrict freedom of movement. At the other extreme, some (including Milton Friedman) say that the welfare state should be able to restrict entry to save on welfare costs. Libertarians are all talk and no action on immigration issues, unlike many other organizations. As in Heinlein stories, immigration might better the lives of a few individuals, but does nothing to solve the problems left behind.

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Ayn Rand Was an Illegal Immigrant [More...]
Rand lied and bent every rule to gain entry into the United States.
Here’s Where Libertarians Stand on Immigration [More...]
Libertarians have many stands on immigration. Some take the position that the state has no right to restrict freedom of movement. At the other extreme, some (including Milton Friedman) say that the welfare state should be able to restrict entry to save on welfare costs.
Hoppe on Mass Immigration [More...]
Hoppe correctly points out that an open border policy would collapse welfare states and result in massive cultural changes. But he is wrong, in that such a policy is entirely consistent with the laissez faire property-rights libertarianism of Austrian libertarianism.
Immigration Policy Guide: Pro [More...]
A Columbia University guide to the diversity of active organizations. Libertarians are not there.
Inconvenient Truths About Migration [More...]
"Standard economic theory says that net inward migration, like free trade, benefits the native population after a lag. But recent research has poked large holes in that argument, while the social and political consequences of open national borders similarly suggest the appropriateness of immigration limits."
International migration: What happens to those left behind? [More...]
"Overall, our findings demonstrate that the out-migration of family members and their remittances can improve well-being through easing budget constraints and enhanced financial security, there are also significant psychological costs to the large numbers of family members of migrants. More generally and not only for this reason, emigration cannot be a substitute for economic and institutional development in the countries from which migrants originate."
Mass Immigration is the Last Fraud of Neoliberalism [More...]
Quotes Dean Baker's "The Conservative Nanny State" to point out that mass immigration has also been an important Neoliberal tool to depress the wages of a substantial segment of the workforce.
Milton Friedman on Illegal Immigration [More...]
Milton Friedman makes a number of erroneous claims about immigration.
Review: Open Borders: The Science and Ethics of Immigration by Bryan Caplan [More...]
A review of the limitations of Caplan's arguments, and three major objections to them.
Should We Just Open the Borders? [More...]
"A look at the cute but troublingly framed argument for open borders by Bryan Caplan and Zach Weinersmith." With cartoons (comics) to match those of the book. Points out the lopsidedness of the arguments. "If we believe that most countries in the world mistreat the poor, then allowing the poor to move from country to country only gets us so far. Open borders are not the solution to global injustice: They are simply a rectification of one injustice among many, creating the opportunity for a more fully international community to tackle other injustices wholesale."
The Long-Run Effects of Immigration during the Age of Mass Migration [More...]
"We find that locations with more historical immigration today have higher incomes, less poverty, less unemployment, higher rates of urbanization, and greater educational attainment. The long-run effects appear to arise from the persistence of sizeable short-run benefits, including greater industrialization, increased agricultural productivity, and more innovation."

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