Questions: One wonders if this is the beginning of a global Immigrant backlash? Is this the beginning of a trend where Western countries ask Legal permanent residents and immigrants to voluntarily leave for their "home countries"? (Surely the policy makers in the Land of Immigrants - USA, Canada, Australia, UK - are watching?!)
Wonder what would happen when the tide turns and the economic climate improves: will the same governments again issue immigrant visas and one-way tickets inviting immigrants back "home"? And Speaking of Home, where is a "home" for immigrants like Trin Van Pham, the Vietnamese immigrant featured in the WSJ story who took on $11,000 in debts to get to his new home?
Other blogs on the topic:
- Economist.com: And don't come back: “Naturally, we don't want those same people back in Japan after a couple of months,” Mr. Kawasaki said. “Japanese taxpayers would ask, ‘What kind of ridiculous policy is this?’"
- Japanese Government Adopts BNP Policy: Pays Foreigners to Go Home: The Japanese government has officially adopted the British National Party’s policy of humane voluntary repatriation by offering foreigners cash grants to go home on the understanding that they never attempt to enter that country again.
- Expats return home to the UK: More than double the number of British Expats are selling up their life in the sun and returning to the UK since the impact of the economic crisis hit last year
- Japan, Czech Republic, and Spain: Foreigners, we’ll PAY you to leave
- Japan to Immigrants: Thanks, But You Can Go Home Now
- As Jobs Die, Europe’s Migrants Head Home
- Europe's Immigrants Return Home
- Spain’s Migrants Return Home
- A New Dark Age Is Dawning: "The Czech Republic Pays for Immigrants to Go Home"
- Czechs in America: Earlier this month I wrote about the Czech government's scheme to encourage foreign workers to leave the country. The Wall Street Journal ran a story about this incentive program today