Wednesday, January 17, 2007

A New European Guestworker Program?

Someone once said, "there is nothing more permanent than a temporary guest worker". The EU is now examining a a proposal for an African guest-worker program that would promote "circular migration", see the Christian Science Monitor article link. Would it work in Europe? Would it work in the U.S.? Germany had the infamous "Gastarbeiter" program which brought in many Turkish "guest workers" in the 1960s -- many of whom never left.
The United States also had a "guest worker" program called the Bracero program which brought in millions of Mexicans to fill the labor gap in the 1940s. The program ended in the 1960s. Many of the Bracero Mexicans also never returned to Mexico.
A U.S. guest worker program is currently being promoted by the Bush administration. Do you think it will work?

1 comment:

MadMax said...

All that I can say is better in Europe than in the U.S. My view of Africans is one of a society who brings with them nothing but economic burden, primitive culture, crime, diseases, and black magic. If the EU agrees to this ruse they will go down the same path that failed them after World War II.
Guest workers programs inevitably include penalties, sanctions against the workers and deportation. The result of this approach was on display recently in France, where rioting migrant youths burnt cars and held a city captive for weeks. Across Europe one sees discontented immigrants, ripe for radicalism. The immigrant communities deserve their fair share of blame for this, but there's a cycle at work. Whenever a society excludes the guest worker, the immigrants reject their societies.