Demographic Dangers & Declining Birth Rates, Part Five: Problems, Solutions & the Economics of Immigration.

All across the West supply chains are breaking down, in large part for a lack of truck drivers, & yet there is a ready solution at hand. Why not turn the issue of immigration from one defined by negativity into a vote winning strategy, & in the process reverse declining demographic trends, renovate supply chains & improve the economy, & that’s just for starters?

Peter Winn-Brown

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The Most Rev, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, speaking out against the UK’s proposed Illegal Migration Bill this week.
The Most Rev, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, speaking out against the UK’s proposed Illegal Migration Bill in the House of Lords recently. Image from The Times (PRU/AFP/Getty images).

“Demographics offers a clue to the geopolitical world of the future — and how Washington should prepare for it. To maintain the United States’ edge, American leaders must take steps to slow or reverse the negative demographic trends now eating away at the foundations of U.S. power.”

Nicholas Eberstadt, Foreign Affairs, 2019.

Homo sapiens…a species on the move!

Demographic change, including population growth, has three main driving forces: fertility, mortality and migration, of which migration is by far the least predictable.

We have always been a species on the move. Since time immemorial Homo sapiens has always been looking beyond the horizon and asking, what if…?

Migration has led us to colonise every available habitat on earth and we constantly seek greener pastures, more fertile ground, a better living; it’s in our DNA; it’s who we are; it’s who we have always been.

Nowadays the reasons people migrant are many, but can perhaps be put into one of two broad classes right now: political and economic, with a third coming up fast; climate change.

But that is not to say these are distinct reasons, because they are not. Increasingly the line between them is becoming smudged, indistinct, the one bleeding into the other, and that lack of clarity is proving to be increasingly troublesome.

For example, a severe drought might lead to conflict over limited resources, which in turn reduces opportunity and the potential for work. The…

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Peter Winn-Brown

The past can illuminate the present if we shine the light of inquiry openly, truthfully, with attention to detail & care for the salient facts.