Of the 163,000 refugees and migrants that entered Sweden 2015, the Swedish state estimates that approximately 80,000 need to go home. Roughly half the migrant population is no longer welcome in Sweden, now living illegally. But what do politicians realistically think will happen? According to The Christian Science Monitor, an ugly underground economy is booming.
After traveling across a continent, and enduring months of hardships, why would these refugees and migrants be so eager to go home in masses? Most stay, even after their applications for residency have been denied. As a direct result, they take under-the-table jobs where they are not accounted for when their employers file taxes. With no other choice, flocking to the low wage market is the only answer. It’s here that some businesses begin to exploit people, and hurt the legal citizens and residents by working under the minimum wage. A haircut may be cheap, but what’s the cost in the big picture?
Sweden, unlike the USA, does not grant citizenship to those born in the country. In 2015 the number of children born to illegal parents doubled over the previous year. One Swedish pastor explained “We’re getting a class of people who are born completely outside society.” While these children are unaccounted for and not officially recognized by the government, all children in Sweden will receive free education and healthcare through age 18. The implications of the crisis include a significant drag on the welfare system.
What do you think? The United States has struggled with the topic of immigration, but hasn’t really produced any meaningful answers. In 2010, Utah became the first state to allow illegal immigrants to possess a state issued drivers license. The idea behind it is that it gives illegal immigrants a sense of validity, making them less fearful of the police and less likely to flee the scene of an accident. According to The Salt Lake Tribune, about 35,000 licenses have been issued since 2010. Is this an effective solution? What should or shouldn’t be done?
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