Thursday, January 14, 2010

Send us your young..... rich.... intelligent....

I have thought about this long and hard, but the development that the Higher education system (including private universities) is being transformed into a vehicle for "filtered" immigration (see previous entry is one which we should be finding positives for. It has not happened by design, but I couldn't have thought of a better way to both have a large immigration intake and have it roughly filtered - by youth, finances and intelligence. If we take a holistic approach to the higher education system, rather than pigeonholing on what form a "good" university should take, the advantages of encouraging and utilising this trend should be obvious - especially to someone with a commitment to open borders.

I feel that there is only a few tweaks required, and the Higher education system can be a model of how immigration can be regulated such that it is fully funded, reasonably inclusive of the different source nations, and allows a good amount of time for the would be immigrant to be "tested" - with University exams and the whole Australian experience being a test as to whether they really want to stay here, and whether their peers who help them with their red tape etc. really want them to stay here.

3 comments:

Chris Fellows said...

Hmm, but haven't you said before that what we really need is more *unskilled* immigration? It strikes me that importing lots of young, smart, rich people could be dangerous unless we are sure they want to assimilate with our kulcha - what if they look down on us as old, dumb, poor people?

Marco said...

Yes, and the students *are* unskilled when they first get here and start to work (You know - Taxi drivers, service station attendants, trimming and packing) - And it becomes quite obvious in the process of being a part-time working, full-time student, which ones are not integrating. The would-be immigrants need to cultivate relationships with long term Australians, to enable them to cut the red tape, without which they will be on their way back to their source country.

I suspect there is probably some risk that they would look down on us somewhat for being old, dumb and poor - but so will my children.

Marco said...

Oh, and if we further double the student intake from current levels, you will start to see an "immigration bulge" in our population pyramid - which will possibly give us another few decades of a free ride on the demographic gravy-train like the baby boomer bulge did a few decades ago.