In a recent Boston Globe article that examined the idea of regionally focused immigration policy aimed at American cities with population loss, Econsult Solutions Senior Analyst, Adam Ozimek offered his support for the idea.
The Case for Regional Immigration
A bold new proposal: send American newcomers where they’re needed.
July 07, 2013
Leon Neyfakh | Globe Staff
In the United States, advocates of a regional visa program say it would harness a global supply to meet clear domestic needs. Millions of people around the world want to move to the United States, and many parts of the country—especially depopulated cities like Detroit, Cleveland, and Pittsburgh—would love to welcome motivated new residents. Adding some immigration on a purely regional basis would loosen the restrictive system overseen by the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security, the argument goes, without forcing more newcomers on less welcoming states like Arizona.
“Right now immigrants aren’t directed to areas where they’re necessarily needed the most,” said Adam Ozimek, a widely read economics blogger and consultant. “Areas that have declining populations and vacant houses—they’ve got a stronger need for immigrants. So the hope is that the areas that need them more would be able to let more in.” > Read the full article here.