We’ve stopped producing, so why do we need more labour?

The Globalist blog makes an important point about immigration trends in white Commonwealth countries. If we no longer produce manufactured goods, then why do we need signficant amounts of labour? Similarly, for the modest labour needs of the remaining industries we do have, like mining, why can’t we use redundant manufacturing workers?

It seems likely that immigration has little to do with the needs of productive industries (which are usually located in areas with few immigrants) and more to do with the needs of the service economy. Most immigrants live in large cities and provide services for urban liberals or for each other.  Australia’s number one industry is mining, yet most immigrants work in Sydney and Melbourne, while New Zealand’s main industry is farming, but the majority of immigrants flock to Auckland. The service sector and the real estate industry are therefore the main beneficiaries of immigration

But these sectors of the economy don’t produce anything, so from a national interest perspective, bringing in immigrants to provide services is a luxury we can’t afford, since it puts yet more pressure on the remaining productive industries to subsidise an ever-expanding non-productive population.

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