Thursday, April 19, 2007

Immigration rules: what's the fucking point?

Apparently, we now have a timetable for a new immigration system. Really, what is the point?
A new points-based system aimed at restricting immigration to the UK to those with skills in demand will start in the new year, it has been confirmed.

Immigration minister Liam Byrne unveiled the timetable on a visit to Australia, which uses a similar system.

Well, yes, it is vaguely similar except that it won't apply to EU citizens. I am all for people with skills coming to live and work here; what I think foolish in the extreme is that we cannot stop convicted undesirables from the EU countries from settling here—a Romanian rapist, a German gangster, a Bulgarian burgler. Or the French.

Initially, the BBC's story said nothing about this at all. At about quarter past four, the following was added.
The UK Independence Party described the government's proposals as "pointless".

The government's plan to introduce a points system for granting UK visas was described today as "pointless".

UKIP chariman John Whittaker said: "The points system would work if it assessed applications for everyone who wants to live in Britain.

"But Mr Byrne's system will have no effect either on illegal immigrants or people coming here from the European Union."

Now, I know that as a free-trade libertarian I really should support the free movement of people, but I find it difficult to do so. If people were as homogenous as tenthousand pairs of Chinese shoes, then I would support that; but they aren't. People have the power to act on others (in a way that shoes do not) and therefore one should restrict their movement.

As a libertarian, I consider that our government's primary motive should—ha! If only—be the safety of the people who have elected it, and that surely mean that those who might threaten that safety—convicted criminals, for instance, especially those with multiple convictions—should not be allowed into the country.

3 comments:

Amir said...

DK,

There’s nothing at all un-libertarian about a principled and pragmatic opposition to large-scale immigration. Indeed, there are a group of American intellectuals called “paleolibertarians” (Rockwell, Sobran, Raimondo) who believe that restrictions on migration and movement are a prerequisite for liberty itself. Cultural conservation, they argue, is a better alternative to state-backed social engineering and managerial public policy – which, of course, are the end-games of multiculturalism.

Let me introduce you to one of my favourite anti-immigration essays. It’s written by a well-known and well-respected libertarian intellectual.

Good post

Anonymous said...

The libertarian approach would be to allow unfettered immigration between countries of similar wealth and economic development, i.e. US, Canada, Oz, NZ, Japan, HK, Singapore, and Western Europe (excluding the French obv.), in which one could now include Slovenia and probably Hungary and the Czech Republic. Free exchange of peoples between such countries would be beneficial to both parties whilst there would be a lack of economic incentives for destabilising mass migration.

Anonymous said...

all about EU , European union - capitalism:

Roger & me , by MICHAEL MOORE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPNmHPjkxdk

BAADER - MEINHOF , movie
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fp2xpj9ocPw
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0309320/

http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/film/article4950915.ece
FAHRENHEIT 11/9
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Zf2nCiBJLo&feature=PlayList&p=6C271587B87B9B96&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=1
V- miniseries
http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=2EAD32F9B9E4FF4F&search_query=v+miniseries&rclk=pti
Omen, movie
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3PuIBNLOeEU

http://capital1.vox.com/

EU -freemason elite capitalism sends muslims etc immigrants to Europe - they destroy our democratic societies.

Stop!