The Rise of Immigration

The rise of immigrants in Singapore has provoked many Singaporeans into thinking we’re being “invaded”. The same may be said about many developed countries that feel that they’re somehow superior, and that immigrants steal resources from their homeland. However, immigrants are not the only beneficiaries of their immigration: the host country itself stands to benefit.

From the book The Medici Effect by Frans Johansson:

[V]irtually all industrialised countries face a population shortfall, endangering the social security systems in those countries. The rapidly aging population and dwindling birth rates can arguably be compensated only through increased levels of immigration.


Just between 1994 and 1999, the foreign-born population grew between 5 and 17 percent in countries such as Korea, Denmark, Spain, Australia, Italy, and Canada. According to management guru Peter Drucker, “The mass migrations of the nineteenth century were either into empty, unsettled spaces (such as the United States, Canada, Australia, Brazil), or from farm to city in the same country. By contrast, immigration in the twenty-first century is by foreigners — in nationality, language, culture and religion — who move into settled countries.”

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