Migrant worker

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A migrant worker scavenges for materials in a landfill in the Maldives. Thilafushi is an artificial island created by filling one of the Maldives' shallow lagoons with garbage. More than 330 tons of rubbish was brought to Thilafushi each day.

A migrant worker scavenges for materials in a landfill in the Maldives. Thilafushi is an artificial island created by filling one of the Maldives’ shallow lagoons with garbage. More than 330 tons of rubbish was brought to Thilafushi each day.

Thilafushi – The “Rubbish Island”

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Winston won’t like this idea

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There is a case for low wage/low skill migrants:

This can be most clearly seen in agriculture. Some land in America is farmed, most is not. Much of the land is only profitable to cultivate at a wage level that few American workers find appealing. When we cut off the flow of migrant farm workers, that doesn?t magically create high-paying jobs for Americans; it?leads?in?the?short?term?to?crops?rotting?in?the?fields?and in the long term to less land being cultivated.

The land and the unskilled labor, in other words, are complements. More unskilled labor would mean more cultivated land. That would mean more agricultural output and more jobs for people who manufacture farm equipment, build food-processing facilities, or provide accounting or legal services to agricultural firms.

Might this be a solution in areas of the economy where there is a?definite?shortage of labour. If Kiwis refuse to work then surely we can import labour to solve the problem.

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