Thursday, 24 November 2016

Quote of the Day: On ‘economic migrants’


“When poor people from poor countries try to enter rich countries, critics often deride them by saying, ‘Those aren't political refugees; they're only economic migrants trying to get out of poverty.’
    “We should ask ourselves WHY those countries are still mired in poverty, instead of having risen from poverty to wealth like Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, and South Korea. It's because the governments of those poor countries are kleptocracies that loot entrepreneurs and thereby pre-emptively discourage investment. Any ‘economic migrant’ trying to escape from the government-maintained poverty of his nation of origin is a political refugee.”

~ Stuart Hayashi


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