THE QUESTION

Rich countries need a steady supply of new immigrants to keep up their growth rates and welfare systems. But everywhere immigration is causing a backlash. What to do? Amnesty? Higher fences?

Posted by David Ignatius & Fareed Zakaria on May 24, 2007 9:02 AM

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Leon Krauze is a Mexican blogger and a founder of letraslibres.com.

Invest in Mexico, Give Migrants Choice

There is no pleasure in migration. Migrants -- or at least Mexican migrants -- leave their countries of origin because they have no real choice. Naturally, this is primarily that country’s fault. I agree with Daoud that the answer is development: the U.S. should invest, but the Mexican government should be held accountable.

Leon Krauze Mexico | 72 COMMENTS
May 25, 2007 at 2:43 PM
Thomas Kleine-Brockhoff is a Senior Director at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, a transatlantic public policy and grant-making foundation. He overseas the fund's policy programs. He was previously the Washington bureau chief of the German newsweekly, Die Zeit.

Accepting Difference in Our Workforce

Thomas Kleine-Brockhoff Germany | 275 COMMENTS
Daoud Kuttab is a Palestinian journalist. He was born in Jerusalem in 1955. He is a former Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton University in the United States. Mr. Kuttab is the former director of the Institute of Modern Media at Al Quds University in Ramallah, Palestine and the founder of AmmanNet, the Arab world's first internet radio station. His personal web page is www.daoudkuttab.com.

Fund Jobs in Migrants' Homelands

Daoud Kuttab Jerusalem/Amman, Jordan | 25 COMMENTS
Miklós Vámos is a Hungarian novelist, screenwriter and talk show host. He is one of the most read and respected writers in his native Hungary. He has taught at Yale University on a Fulbright fellowship, served as The Nation’s East European correspondent, worked as consultant on the Oscar-winning film Mephisto, and presented Hungary’s most-watched cultural television show. Vámos has received numerous awards for his plays, screenplays, novels and short stories, including the Hungarian Merit Award for lifetime achievement. The Book of Fathers is considered his most accomplished novel and has sold 200,000 copies in Hungary.

Ignore Politicians' Fear Tactics

Miklos Vamos Budapest, Hungary | 22 COMMENTS
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» Chris S. | MikeB, I'm sorry that foreigners are taking your jobs. After all, being born in Houston, TX automatically entitles you to a cushy job, whereas being ...
» MikeB | The very way ths question is posed demonstrates the prejudice of the moderators. Since the inception of the H1B visa program more than 4 million Ameri...
» berry, ecuador | Why is this question worded on rich-countries terms? What about: "People from poor countries keep leaving their homelands by the millions, looking fo...
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