Thursday, October 16, 2008

The Welfare State! Doing What The Black Death Couldn't...

MORE than 50 million African workers are to be invited to Europe in a far-reaching secretive migration deal, the Daily Express can reveal today.

A controversial taxpayer-funded “job centre” opened in Mali this week is just the first step towards promoting “free movement of people in Africa and the EU”.

Brussels economists claim Britain and other EU states will “need” 56 million immigrant workers between them by 2050 to make up for the “demographic decline” due to falling birth rates and rising death rates across Europe.

The report, by the EU statistical agency Eurostat, warns that vast numbers of migrants could be needed to meet the shortfall in two years if Europe is to have a hope of funding the pension and health needs of its growing elderly population.

It states: “Countries with low fertility rates could require a significant number of immigrants over the coming dec ades if they want to maintain the existing number of people of working age.

“Having sufficient people of working age is vital for the economy and for tax revenue.”


Fortunately European leaders did not impose the same logic when nearly half of Europe was wiped out from the Black Death.

By this messed up standard of reasoning the living standards in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Mexico should be a hundred time better than that of Ireland, England or the Netherlands.

But then, restructuring economies to match demographic changes would cut into the profits of mega corporations. And we just can't have that.