Migration and Modern Transportation; The Saudi Example

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Patulcius:

Patulcius-sqSaudi Arabia is cracking down on its illegal alien problem, with 137,569 deported in the month since the policy began.

A total of 197,806 illegal expatriates have been fingerprinted for final exit across the Kingdom during the first month of the crackdown which started on Nov. 4. In one month 137,569 illegals were deported, according to Maj. Gen. Ayedh Al-Luqmani, Assistant Director General of Passports for Haj and Umrah Affairs.

Al-Luqmani, who is also security coordinator at the General Services Center in the Makkah Region, said that the center has taken measures to speed up and complete deportation procedures of the inmates at the Shumaisi detention center within 24 hours. “More than 87,000 illegals from the Makkah region were fingerprinted in one month. At present, the Shumaisi center handles 5,000-7,000 cases daily,” he said, noting that the procedures for deportation of some 5,782 illegals were completed within 24 hours last Wednesday. “We arrange additional flights daily to deport the illegals. Some 22 flights were operating daily from the Jeddah airport to take illegals to their home countries,” Al-Luqmani said.

Naturally all of the typical banshees are shrieking their disapproval at those backward Saudis, even though a third of the population of their country is composed of foreign workers.  The Saudis only plan to remove about 10% of them.

Modern transportation has made the importation of cheap workers from all over the world a common and practical phenomenon.  For people in rich countries like Saudi Arabia, it is cheaper and more pleasurable to import Ethiopians and Filipinos to clean their toilets and empty their trash than to pay high wages for their own unemployed to do the same, even if it brings crime and the occasional riot.  The workers might even return home when their labor is complete.  (Maybe that’s the case in Saudi Arabia anyway.)

But the Saudis have also demonstrated the other side of cheap migration.  If it’s cheap to bring them in, it’s cheap to kick them out.

Rather than allow a small, hand-picked number of foreigners to work and live productively in their countries as they did before World War II, the West has—out of naive compassion (or deliberate sabotage)—saturated its lands with foreign workers and refugees who refuse to assimilate.  This foolish compassion has created another dilemma: what happens when the guests get the idea that they rule the house?  They fight for possession.

The conflict between the native peoples and the immigrants could take generations of spilled blood to resolve, with the outcome by no means assured.  Or Westerners might discover that it’s cheaper and easier to expel the unassimilable foreigners from their midsts like the Saudis are doing.

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  1. Reblogged this on Brittius.com.

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  2. When things get bad enough we will expel the foreigners, or they will expel us. It will be ugly here.

    Vox Day wrote about this, too
    http://voxday.blogspot.com/2013/12/saudi-arabia-performs-impossible.html

    “What a fascinating way to solve the unemployment problem! Get rid of the excess labor supply. Why, the next thing you know, someone will discover that the Law of Supply and Demand applies to the labor market! And if a country with a 30m population can expel 2m illegal workers in a civilized manner, then surely a country with 300m population is capable of expelling 20m of them. Minnesota could be Somali-free within 15 days if they contracted the job out to the Saudis.”

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    • It is likely to be uglier here than in Saudi Arabia however it turns out. I doubt that the Saudis have any factions who are celebrating their declining share of the population like we have. Also their foreign workers are still non-citizens, unlike many of ours, so the guest workers can’t directly influence the Saudi government like they do here.

      I probably should have cited Vox’s blog since that is where I first learned of this issue. Often I skip secondary sources in favor of more direct sources, but in the future I’ll have to cite other weblogs when they are the first place where I find an issue.

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  3. Yes we certainly are stacking the cards against ourselves. Gov. Jerry Brown of Cal. was kind enough to sign into law ,a bill further protecting “undocumented immigrants” from deportation even when a “minor” crime has been committed.The melting pot is sure to boil over soon.

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  4. Bay Area Guy

     /  11 December 2013

    In order to balance restricting immigration with labor concerns, there should be something of a revolving door immigration policy, where immigrants are mostly “guest workers.” Emphasis on “guest.”

    Obviously, this will never happen in the West, as the usual suspects will gripe about “human rights” violations (as if living in a 1st world country is an inalienable right) and how “no human being is illegal.”

    What’s funny is that leftists who support mass immigration and open borders are going along with the agenda of the 1%/big corporations that they claim to hate.

    I guess that it’s okay to provide big business with more cheap labor, so long as it’s done in the name of “diversity.”

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    • Agreed, though I’d rather see the welfare rolls cleared to reduce the need for guest workers. Like that buddy who plans to live with you for only a week or two, guest workers have a nasty habit of overstaying. Can’t say that I blame them.

      Also, in the US, birthright citizenship adds further headaches to any guest worker system.

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