The Economic Plight of Accepting Refugees
Young men are paving the way for young families to flee a land of death manufactured by a ruler not put in place by their desires. They are fleeing in droves to a land that has been projecting mixed messages on their welcomed statuses; they bring a religion that the domestic population fears and have a tongue that burns the ears of the current inhabitants. Some are able bodied men leaving families behind to build the foundation to bring them to the land of the free. The current citizens fear it will change their culture and many politicians implicitly condone their discrimination. What is their land of origin? Ireland. The Irish Catholics that arrived to the United States were described a “simian” in local papers and woefully mistreated by the police. They would become the backbone of the manufacturing front of the mechanized Northeast. The Chinese had a similar plight in the American West. What these individuals represent is labor. Labor is an incredible commodity and behaves like no other economic force, why? Labor is, in classical economics, privately owned. No one can every own someone else’s labor. Now some may bring up slavery, but slaves had a horrible, but nonetheless available, option. They could choose to die instead of working; it may be a grim outlook but it is the parameters of labor.
Leaving aside the political opinion of refugees, it is a rather succinct journey to the basis of economic benefit of accepting refugees; refugees bring their ability to work to the United States’ economy, labor is a highly valuable commodity that cannot be replaced. Replacing a worker with a machine is technically an exchange between capital and labor. That machine will need to be produced and repaired which in turn requires more labor. Across the United States there are cities dying from population vacuums. This can be solved by an influx of new workers. Governors, such as the ones of Washington and Pennsylvania, have welcomed refugees because they, at least partially, recognize the value of these workers Mayors from Baltimore to Dallas have opened their economies to refugees. Any economy can be lifted by the influx of able bodies. The United States is a nation that has proven for two centuries that it can successfully convert labor influxes to economic growth, they did it with the Irish, the Chinese, and they’ll do it with the Syrians, and it will be done despite political pretenses.