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How to prevent immigration Problems with Living income Guaranteed

 

The main reason of immigration around the world is to obtain higher wages and better living conditions, so why hasn’t any nation solved the problem from its roots? Capping immigration through the implementation of tougher laws, quotas or thousands of kilometers of physical and virtual walls have proven to not resolve the problem. So, let’s have a look at the overall situation.

 

The following video is proof that our current government officials and bureaucrats can only see solutions within the same mentality that created the problem in the first place, where the sheer existence of massive inequality between nations has lead to consequences such as implementing tighter immigration processes so that the benefits of a certain nation remain only within the citizens of each nation, without realizing the obvious consequence that this would create, where the rich and powerful countries get the most influx of people from other nations, seeking to have a better living standard.

 

‘Fantastic day for democracy’ Switzerland narrowly votes to curb EU immigration

 

As we discussed in our Living Income Guaranteed Google Hangout on Switzerland’s vote for Basic Income, it is quite obvious that more people would want to be part of a nation that has a high living standard and on top of that, is already voting with great support to provide a Basic income Guaranteed to every citizen. This is how due to the general crisis existent in some of the poorer countries of the EU, more people were arriving to Switzerland to have access to better living conditions. The EU and Switzerland had an agreement of free movement between their citizens, however the referendum by the Swiss reveals that the majority votes to curb the immigration influx. This already creates more friction and conflicts between nations, as you can witness from the interview posted above.

“Quite a few Europeans have been taking advantage of the right to move to wealthy, stable Switzerland. About 64,000 people migrated there from the EU each year over the last decade, 69 percent of them highly skilled. About a quarter of the country’s population of 8 million is foreign-born, about four times the average proportion for the EU.” – Bloomberg Switzerland’s Immigration Dislocation

 

This is a malady that world powers tend to endure, getting massive influx of people from poor countries seeking a better life abroad. The EU and America also have the same problem. The UK started off this year with new immigration controls wherein newly arrived immigrants won’t be able to immediately have access to unemployment benefits, which makes it more difficult for immigrants to venture into seeking a better living standard in the UK. So far, the measures have worked since only two dozens of Bulgarians have arrived to the UK since January 1st.

 

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In America, the massive influx of Mexicans, Central and South Americans has left many Americans without jobs, which is partly true since many of the jobs taken by immigrants are those low-wage/ menial jobs that most of Americans are not willing to do – which is the same pattern that happens in every other country where immigrant workers have become a necessity or an ‘economic efficiency’ convenience (due to providing lower wages to immigrant workers) – yet the reasons why people are seeking better living conditions are not seen within the greater picture, wherein the hierarchical relationships created through treaties like NAFTA and Neoliberal policies provoked the impoverishment of agricultural work in Mexico as an example, pushing people from the rural and agricultural areas to seek for ‘better incomes’ in the cities, having little to no success either. Therefore, the need to get a better living standard becomes a necessity and a possibility when crossing the border. This has led to the creation of a wall that physically divides the US-Mexican border, becoming yet another source of abuse, corruption, deaths and detention, treating immigrants like criminals, without there being any bilateral treaty that works in order to benefit both countries and curb the need for immigration.

 

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Immigration creates a general resentment that in extreme cases might lead to xenophobia, since people mostly argue that immigrants take all the jobs, make use of unemployment benefits and in some other cases impose new languages and religions that create social segregation as well as new requirements like polyglot schools to raise children that do not speak the mother tongue of the country they arrive to, among others. This is how we’ve seen that even with the intention to make Multiculturalism succeed, it has failed due to the inherent economic aspect that comes with immigration.

 

Why complain about Immigration?

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The reason why most of the people complain about immigration is because all current welfare and unemployment benefit systems are paid with taxes. So, the people that work and pay their taxes complain that their hard earned money funds an immigrant’s right to unemployment benefits without having to work.

This is one of the main reasons why we suggest that the provision of a Basic Income is Not funded by people’s income taxes, as this creates the general scorn and discrimination toward immigrants and/or unemployed people receiving the right to live with a living income, while others see it as an unequal measure because they do the work. And if a basic income was given to those that do work, it would be an unnecessary move, since such money will go anyways through taxes back to those who need it in the form of basic income – which doesn’t make sense, and is the reason why we also suggest that personal income taxes cease to exist as such.

It is only natural that we all seek better living conditions no matter what, and the variety of problems and conflicts that come with immigration are often more than the benefit that countries get, such as the need for workers for jobs that are not being done by the native citizens. Some other immigrants are skillful and educated workers that some countries cannot produce at home, which also creates another problem: brain drain and as such, developing/poor countries have their productive and best educated members of society living abroad to obtain greater benefits and wages from their skills and capacity, which also furthers the stagnation in an ‘underdeveloped country,’ an euphemism to call third world nations or poor countries.

Discrimination, racism, xenophobia, the failure of multiculturalism among other problems still exist today as a byproduct of immigration – but also the disruption of families, the acceptance of underpaid jobs due to not having proper working-visas and being ‘illegal,’ where all menial jobs are mostly then taken by immigrants.

There is also another form of immigration that comes with war refugees, placing enormous pressure on neighboring countries to the conflicted areas. And this can also be solved by preventing the problems in the first place – which we will explain in a moment.

 

 

Is the solution to Curb Immigration with more laws and restrictions?

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A referendum took place on February 9th, 2014 asking the people from Switzerland whether they agreed to curb the immigration to people from EU, and even if the difference was quite small, the majority votes to cap EU immigration:

“Stop mass immigration’ was introduced by the nationalist Swiss People’s Party (SVP). Its goal is to introduce annual quotas on the number of foreign workers entering the country. The result will likely vex multinational companies based there; Roche, Novartis, UBS, and other industry giants frequently utilize foreign labor. […]

Many in Switzerland – which is surrounded by the EU but is not a member – believe that rising immigration levels are putting pressure on infrastructure, rent prices, the social security system, and unemployment rates.” RT Switzerland votes a narrow ‘yes’ to cap EU immigration

 

Ever wondered why Bulgaria and other Eastern Europe countries showed an extensive support to implement a Basic Income Guaranteed? Bulgarians and other Easter Europe countries are amongst those whose citizens immigrate places like the UK, searching for better quality living, only to face now greater difficulty to do so.

It is to realize that for millions of people, the lack of opportunities at home place individuals in a catch 22 situation: either they leave their family and friends, their hometown behind looking for a better living wages to send money back home, or they remain ‘at home’ and resort to crime to make a living? We have really not left too many options for us, and it’s astounding that we still cannot see the origin of the problem when it comes to immigration.

 

Let’s walk the solutions

Can immigration cease to exist as an extreme necessity in order to get a better living standard? Absolutely. Within this it is to realize that better living conditions and having higher living standards only in a few countries in this world invariably becomes a center of attraction to anyone that wants to have better quality living and more money to live.

So, the way to curb immigration in a long term basis, without having to resort to tough immigration policies and harsh measures that lead to further separation between nations is by implementing a Living Income Guaranteed model, wherein each nation’s economy is strengthened in order to ensure that every person has access to their living necessities and live in a dignified manner, as a Human Right. 

How?

Nations that currently face the most influx of immigrants should directly endorse and support poorer countries to implement a Living Income Guaranteed model, so that long-term solutions are implemented by supporting other countries to stand on their own feet. This is part of what organisms like the UN should look into, as this will not only curb immigration but also support peace between nations.

A Living Income Guaranteed model should be voted and implemented by all of us, the people of each nation deciding implement the use of citizens’ dividends as our share of the economy, which implies that the profit made by major corporations in the nation – or the strongest sources of income in a country such as natural resources or certain industries –  becomes the direct source to fund our Living Income.

This measure ensures that every person is supported to live in dignity, which in turn creates and provides general stability and economic revival with corporate profit being also shared with the people, and we also then actively become part of the economy that the majority is often excluded due to living in poverty or at the brink of disappearing from being part of the middle class.

 

This money is in fact entitled to each one of us as part of our human right to access the resources that we require to live, and since money is the mechanism we use to purchase our living necessities,  the provision of a living income as an unconditional right to life, to have the necessary to live is the solution. But, it doesn’t stop there.

What about people that do work?

People that  work and won’t perceive a Living Income, will instead have their wages be at least double the amount of the living income that each particular country decides to give. This means that people will have better and equal opportunities to become a successful individual in society and as such, the need to immigrate to have ‘better wages’ and ‘more opportunities’ in another country is eradicated, since no one really wants to face the problems, trauma, stress, family separation and even death that comes with having to live abroad.

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The Benefits

This process will in turn ameliorate the strained relationships between nations, leading also to the prevention of wars – since wars are mostly waged due to economic interests – and as such, it will become part of the necessary peace treaties between nations: to support and aid each other to establish a self-sufficient and self-governing way to develop their own economy along with a genuine democratic system to achieve a good quality living standard, a higher level of competence that enables all nations to genuinely have a ‘free market’ that is on an equal-opportunity basis, as well as supporting to eradicate xenophobia, racism and anti-cultural measures that further divide us to remain conquered.

This is also why we say that the implementation of a Living Income Guaranteed must not be limited to certain economic block or nations, but every country in the world must implement it so that there is no more high inequality between rich and poor nations, creating immigration as an outflow – since everyone would want to also benefit from something like a living income guarantee. This will in turn also cut down the massive surveillance and border patrol services that are constantly upgraded in order to ‘prevent immigration’ – which even after all these massive expenses on border patrol and tighter laws to immigrate, are still not solving the problem yet.

So, we suggest that instead of countries raising their quotas or deliberately shutting down the ability to immigrate into their country, part of the responsibilities from the international community is to support nations to stand on their own two feet – not as another form of ‘foreign aid’ but as a genuine unconditional support to get people empowered in their own nations and as such, be able to revive the economy that will ensure each person stays  ‘at home’ with family and loved ones, as well as supporting their society and country as well.  

What will Immigration become then?

Immigration will stop being a problem. It will become solely a resource and a decision an individual makes based on the opportunities for self development, such as the usual labor exchange that takes place between nations, personal relationships or simply aiming for new ventures. Yet it won’t be a resort to seek for ‘better living conditions’ because each nation has to focus on first strengthening the economy at home to then expand further to trade with other nations and become more successful in our current globalized world.  It will take more reasons than ‘good wages’ to leave the country one is born in, when every country can have good living standards and higher wages which create better opportunities to live  satisfactorily.

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Why are higher wages a Win-Win Solution?

 

Everyone knows that having money enables us to cover our needs and live in a comfortable manner, however the less we earn, the higher prices go up, the more taxes we pay and the more wealth is accumulated in the hands of a few means that the less opportunities exist to change the way the economic model works now. But, we have to learn this has not always been ‘the way the world works.’

Let’s take the most usual example. The growing rate of income inequality in the United States of America and around the globe has its most recent roots in 1978 when the taxation to the rich was diminished and the financial industry deregulation, enabling the infamous 1% to grow richer and richer to the exorbitant data that we find today wherein 400 individuals may hold half of the wealth of the entire Nation. The problem in itself is not their wealth, but how it is used – meaning, it’s not being reinvested back into the economy in ways that it reaches the population – it mostly goes to bailouts, lobbying, political campaigns or other forms of capital investment that are not taxable. From my perspective, this ability for the corporate powers to define what the government does is what the ideal of ‘Free Market’ becomes when government does not regulate the greatest casinos on Earth – Wall Street – and exorbitant amounts of invisible money are able to be created out of thin air, out of bidding on the actual assets and work that real people do, which means that this world is in reverse: human labor – whichever form it is – has been ousted from the benefits of any form of ‘economic efficiency’ or ‘growing economy’ in GDP numbers, and instead, the middle and working class have been tied to a noose where instruments used for further polarization of society, such as inflation along with a stagnant rate of wages for over 35 years have led to the ongoing crisis since 2008 worldwide: a few people having all the money they want and the rest having less and less power of acquisition, which results in an ever straining bubble about to burst when realizing that even those with great wealth depend on those that helped create their great wealth in the first place: the middle class that is now being eradicated to become part of the poverty lines.

As Nick Hanauer nailed it: Costumers are the Real Job Creators and explains how the middle class expenditure is what has made companies like his own the extremely profitable business it is. Why? Because the more people can afford to buy, the more businesses win – therefore, the less people can afford buying products = the less profit great business owners have. It is obvious that limitations in one side of the society inevitably catch up on the wealthy rest too, if those millions do not generate economic activity.

 

The problem with wealth is that it’s not reintegrated back to society, it’s mostly spent in some other forms of investments, are equally ‘bubbly’ goods such as gold, hedge funds, art or financing government members to deregulate the markets, which only continues to widen inequality.

When looking at the problem and tracing the point back to how individuals go from middle class to poverty, one can see that there has been a problem overlooked when large corporations take the jobs of small businesses, resulting in going-out-of-business  which means jobs are lost; when technology reduces the amount of human labor required, when having no ‘good job opportunities’ forces underemployment and lower wages because we have collectively accepted that ‘it’s best to have at least a shitty job with bad wages than nothing,’ which in turn makes the idea of ‘higher education being the key to live well’ another planned obsolescence tactic to rather generate debt in college people so that their working money – if they do happen to find a good job – is able to be slashed In half to pay for an education that most likely won’t get people having the job that was expected to give three to four times more than what they earn on a yearly basis, plus paying taxes that won’t go back in social benefits. This is the current straining reality: the problem is the structure of how money is being used, but also the complacency and ignorance to accept things ‘how they are’ instead of realizing that: this is Not the way life’s meant to be, this is Not the way economies have always operated. We have reached the bottom and we can only go that far.

 

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What happens when wages are not good enough?

Besides growing discontent toward governments, corporations through protests and worker’s strikes, some of the immediate coping mechanisms that newly unemployed people do is saturate credit cards to pay for basic needs like food/services/transportation and education, take low-end jobs or resort to criminal activities, resulting in worse consequences at a collective level. Others went through the expectancy of ‘earning more money’ through refinancing their houses – which created the big bubble that burst in 2008 – leaving many in a declared state of poverty and bankruptcy, working two or three jobs to make ends meet – and sometimes not even that is enough. Using up savings or retirement funds for healthcare bills became a way to care for the essentials, leaving many homeless people living in tent cities while millions of houses are left empty and owned by banks that essentially propitiate debt to make profit… and we have fallen for it.

This is obviously a stressful and unacceptable situation considering that personal taxes paid to the IRS are not directly benefiting people with any form of unemployment plans – which have been recently cut for millions of Americans – as well as the 40 billion cut in food stamps over a decade – or creating of ‘new jobs’ since we know that the problem is this gaping inequality stemming from the stagnation of wealth in the hands of a few and having the rest having to cope with inflation, debt, rising health costs, topped credit cards, gigantic mortgage and college debts that seem insurmountable since wages have not gone up at all since then 1970’s.

On top of that, paying taxes without getting any support back is a slap in the face considering that:

“The US is now locked into a system whereby the government issues bonds to generate the funds for their operations, bonds that are backed up by the taxation of the public’s own labor. […] the most outrageous fact of all is that not one cent of the money collected by the income tax goes toward payment of government services. This startling admission was confirmed by the Private Sector Survey on Cost Control, better known as the Grace Commission, a Congressional investigation that was appointed by President Reagan in 1982 and concluded:

“With two thirds of everyone’s personal income taxes wasted or not collected, 100 percent of what is collected is absorbed solely by interest on the federal debt and by federal government contributions to transfer payments. In other words, all individual income tax revenues are gone before one nickel is spent on the services [that] taxpayers expect from their government.”

  – James Corbett

 

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Solutions

The Debt hole is able to be stopped first of all by stopping the need to go into debt and because right now it might be impossible to ‘create jobs’ from out of thin air – since there’s no economic flow – a first and necessary input that generates a new flow has to be created: to provide a Living Income to people that currently are unemployed and give Higher Wages to those that do work. This is why we support the movement that is gaining momentum in the US to raise wages from the average $7.25 to 15 dollars or more, as it is well know that people that earn higher wages become loyal workers, enhance their dedication and working skills with the general incentive of gaining more money, which means a higher quality living standard, better quality products, better education as well as considering that higher power of acquisition is the best cure to an anemic economy. This will in turn not only truly generate ‘jobs’ but a better quality jobs in new ventures that will go beyond the usual retail and service industry, which currently has the most job placements and the least pay, keeping a stagnant society designed to manufacture, serve with no use of our true skills and potential that we all have as human beings.

Therefore the real capital that must be recognized is ourselves: the human capital, understanding that any speculative bubble will eventually burst as it should, since it was never real in the first place and instead, focus on supporting the ‘middle class’ with better wages, which in turn will create better job opportunities and eradicate poverty by providing a Living Income to everyone that so requires it.

This will also remove the need to create ‘extra funds’ – and their eventual cuts in the emergency of further ‘budget crisis’ – for unemployment or pension plans, since the provision of a Living Income is No Longer linked to Personal Income Tax, but through other means that we suggest are used to fund the Living Income, such as using the money that goes to military budget, foreign aid, nationalizing companies that profit from the use and sales of natural resources and value added tax, which will in turn create a system that stands by its own spending-movement profit rather than taxing the poor to siphon those funds to pay governmental debts.

 

The Living Income Guaranteed model will not only enable the provision of a basic income or living income in a sustainable manner, but it will also enable the following changes in the economy of any nation that implements it:

 

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