Population Reference Bureau Study Highlights Coming Immigration Flood
A report just issued by the
Population Reference Bureau, Managing Migration:
The Global Challenge [PDF]
shows how immigration has been raised to record
levels—and may soon veer completely out of control.
Philip Martin, Ph.D. is a
professor at UC California (Davis) and Editor of
Migration News, a monthly summary of this issue.
His collaborating co-author is
Gottfried Zurcher, director general of
International Center for Migration Policy Development
in Vienna, Austria, an entity supported by 30 European
governments to improve migration management.
Their report begins by saying:
"The number of
international migrants is at an all-time high. There
were 191 million migrants in 2005, which means that 3
percent of the world`s people left their country of
birth or citizenship for a year or more. The number of
international migrants in industrialized countries
more than doubled between 1985 and 2005, from almost 55
million to 120 million."
The report acknowledges that "most of
the world`s 6.6 billion people never cross a national
border; most live and die near their place of birth.
Those who cross national borders usually move to nearby
countries, for example, from
Mexico to the United States, or from
Turkey to Germany."
But, as long time advocates of reform
such as VDARE.com and FAIR have been pointing out, the
numbers who do move are huge:
"The largest flow of
migrants is from less developed to more developed
countries. In 2005, 62 million migrants from developing
countries moved to more developed countries…Large
flows of people also move from one industrialized
country to another, from Canada to the United States,
for example, and much smaller flows move from more
developed to less developed countries, such as people
from Japan who work in or retire to Thailand."
Interesingly, "almost as many
migrants (61 million) moved from one developing country
to another, such as from Indonesia to Malaysia."
The report notes: "The United
Universal Declaration of Human Rights asserts that
`everyone has the right to leave any country, including
his own, and to return to his country.` However, the
right to emigrate does not give migrants a right to
immigrate, and most migrants are not welcomed
unconditionally into the countries to which they move."
This PRB study pulls no punches: it
open borders advocates, such as the
Catholic Church, whose adherents are
increasingly the undereducated of the developing world,
and the World Bank with excess populations to serve and
the impossible mantra of perpetual growth as good for
both sending and receiving countries.
The other side is also noted. In the US,
the PB report cites specifically FAIR, which "argues
that unskilled newcomers hurt low-skilled US workers,
have negative environmental effects, and threaten
US cultural values." FAIR wants annual
immigration levels set by need analysis—not greed
The PRB study notes:
“Since the growth of
world population now occurs mainly in developing
nations, the world`s demographic shifts are soon to be
major….Africa and Europe have roughly equal populations
today, but by 2050, Africa is projected to have three
times more residents. If Africa remains poorer than
Europe, the two continents` diverging demographic
trajectories may propel young people from overcrowded
cities such as Cairo and Lagos to move to Berlin and
As the migration implodes into cities
around the world and because of the income disparities
between rich and poor nations, desperate migrants will
accept what the authors call 3-D jobs (e.g. dirty,
difficult, and dangerous) and today`s creation of false
documentation will seem petty in amounts.
increasing concern about the
rising numbers of Muslims, as riots and other
disturbances flare in France and elsewhere. Threats
against journalists and
cartoonists by Muslims have highlighted the results.
Many in France and elsewhere see the 1975 Jean Raspail
novel, The Camp of the Saints
Population Reference Bureau has taken
its traditional scholarly and temperate tone with this
report, but even the PRB`s report writers have let the
urgency of the situation seep through their usually more
stolid writing style.
Now is the time for action by the United
States, as this writer has been
advocating for years. However, our political
leadership, particularly at the Federal level, has been
adamantly against our own citizens and in thrall to
ethnic advocacy groups
Now that our country is heading into a
serious recession, the immigrant flood (both legal and
illegal) may temporarily abate. But the Democratic
Congress will surely be pushing amnesty for the 20
million-plus illegal aliens here now—a move which will
attract millions more over the next decades. And the new
President will be ready to sign anything Congress sends
him/ her, since none of the three candidates has
even seen an immigrant they don`t want to import.
By 2050 the country will wake up to its
overpopulation hangover in the direst terms. With at
least 200 million more added to our present 310 million,
the rule of law, the social security system and all the
legal benefits of today`s America will seem like a
Donald A. Collins [email
him], is a freelance writer living in Washington DC and a former long time member of the board of FAIR, the Federation for American Immigration Reform. His views are his own.