Priorities in the Second Age of Mass Migration: Should the United States Prioritize “Merit-Based” Immigration?

By Clayton Becker

Introduction

Immigration is one of the hottest political issues in the world today, as the modern era of globalization has seen immigrant populations in the developed world explode to historic or near historic peaks. This increase has sparked an increase in anti-immigrant sentiment and contributed to the rise of far right, nationalist parties, from the Freedom Party in Austria to Marine Le Pen’s National Rally in France, to Donald Trump’s brand of nationalism here in the United States. According the Pew Research Center, a 51% median of Europeans would prefer immigration be reduced or stopped altogether, as would nearly 30% of those in the US and Canada, and nearly 40% in Australia.

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