Immigration lessons for the U.S. from around the world
New citizens wave flags before being sworn in during a Naturalization Ceremony in October at the Statue of Liberty.
June 10th, 2012
10:41 AM ET

Immigration lessons for the U.S. from around the world

Fareed Zakaria looks at how the immigration systems work – and don't work – in Japan, Europe, Canada and the U.S. in the TV special: "Global Lessons: The GPS Roadmap for Making Immigration Work" which aired on CNN on Sunday, June 10. Watch on CNN International on Saturday, June 16, at 4 a.m. and 9 p.m. ET

Immigrants founded America hundreds of years ago, coming to the promised land in search of freedom and opportunity, in pursuit of the American dream.

Today, many Americans see immigrants as a danger to that dream.

They worry that immigrants are taking their jobs, using government services and changing the country's national identity. The average American believes that 39% of the U.S. population was born abroad. The real figure is 13%, still the highest level since 1920.

Related: How much do you know about U.S. immigration?

Immigration is divisive, a wedge issue in this election year. But most Americans (73%) agree that the government is doing a poor job of managing it.

So, how should the U.S. handle immigration? Does anyone else do it better? What can the U.S. learn from successes – and possible mistakes – from other countries?

Let’s look at three examples: Japan, Europe and Canada.

JAPAN: A CAUTIONARY TALE

Japan has one of the strictest immigration policies in the world and has historically been closed off to outsiders. It has a foreign population of less than 2% - six times smaller than the percentage of the U.S.

But what are the effects of keeping foreigners out?

Japan is facing an alarming labor shortage, says Robert Guest, the business editor of The Economist and author of "Borderless Economics."

Japan’s current population is around a 127 million. It’s on pace to be just 90 million by 2050, a drop-off of almost one-third. The nation is also aging. Almost one in four people are 65 or older – making Japan the oldest country on earth.

Guest says there’s a solution to the labor shortage: open the borders and invite more immigrants.

But that idea has hurdles.

“They don't have the idea that you can become Japanese,” says Guest. “And they don't have the idea that you can solve some of the country's chronic labor problems by importing foreign hands.”

In its health care sector, for example, Japan is estimated to be short almost 900,000 workers 2025. It started to invite foreign nurses, and since 2008 almost 600 have come to Japan.

But only 66 have passed Japan’s notoriously difficult nursing proficiency exam, which requires an expertise in written Japanese.

Japan’s health ministry has made the test easier, adding some English translations, but critics say it’s still unreasonable.

“It should be good enough that they are able to communicate verbally with people and that they are able to read the words they need to know for the tools of their trade,” says Guest. “It worked perfectly well in other countries.”

And it’s not just foreign workers who might run into obstacles. In some cases, it’s immigrants who have been living in Japan for decades.

In 1990, facing a labor shortage, Japan gave ethnic Japanese from South America long-term residence status, filling gaps in its workforce.

Japanese-Brazilians filled manufacturing jobs and became the third largest minority in Japan.

But in 2009, with unemployment running high, Japan actually offered money to them to leave the country – $3,000 for each worker to cover travel expenses.

And the flight was essentially a one-way ticket – anyone who took the offer couldn’t come back to Japan with the residence status they once had.

The government says it was only trying to help unemployed Japanese-Brazilians. They’ve stopped offering the deal and are reconsidering the residence status of those who took the money.

So if Japan won’t let in immigrants, what is it doing about its labor shortage?

It’s encouraging families to have more children, giving them $165 a month for each child. But that hasn’t been enough to inspire a growth spurt.

EUROPEAN UNION: WORK IN PROGRESS

Europe faces a similar demographic crisis as Japan, but it’s trying a more open approach to immigration.

It’s easy to forget that the European Union itself is one of the most ambitious migration experiments in history. Half a billion people are allowed to roam freely within the EU’s borders.

Many predicted that swarms of people from poorer nations like Poland and Romania would move to rich countries like Germany and France. That never happened – only 3% of working-age EU citizens live in a different EU country.

But the EU has not dealt well with immigrants from outside its borders.

There’s been a nasty political backlash – with anti-immigrant parties thriving in Greece, the Netherlands and France.

Rather than rejecting these extremists, Europe’s mainstream politicians have pandered to them. Former French President Nicholas Sarkozy, British Prime Minister David Cameron and Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany have all declared that multiculturalism in their countries is a failure.

“They all agree multiculturalism is dead,” says Chem Ozdemir, born in Germany to Turkish migrant workers. “It's amazing that they agree on that, but they do not agree when it comes to euro and on other issues.”

Ozdemir, now head of Germany’s left-leaning Green Party, became the first ethnic-Turkish member of Parliament at age 28.

Now, he helps his nation to answer a very basic question: What does it mean to be German?

“Can you be a German and have a head scarf at the same time? Can you be a German and practice Islam at the same time?” Ozdemir says.

Jonathan Laurence, author of “The Emancipation of Europe’s Muslims,” is hopeful on Islam’s place in Europe. In a GPS guest post this week, Laurence writes:

The key development is that as the proportion of Muslims of foreign nationality residing in Europe decreases – because the number of native-born Muslims is growing – Europe’s democratic political institutions are increasingly kicking in. For decades, the absence of integration policy allowed foreign governments and transnational movements to capture the religious and political interests of this new minority. This wasn’t multiculturalism so much as indifference.

The series of terrorist attacks against Western capitals from 2001-2005, however, in combination with high unemployment and educational under-performance, ended Europeans’ hands-off approach. After leaving them outside domestic institutions for decades, governments gradually took ownership of their Muslim populations. Authorities began to treat Islam as a domestic religion and encouraged Muslims to embrace national citizenship.

In Germany, for example, the government has met with Muslim leaders at an annual German Islam conference since 2006, in an effort to better integrate Muslims with the rest of the population.

Germany and others are certainly making strides, but throughout Europe, there are still obstacles to immigrants’ inclusion.

So, is there any nation that’s getting immigration right?

CANADA: GETTING IT RIGHT

If Japan’s strict immigration policy serves as a cautionary tale and Europe’s experiment is still a work in progress, then take a look at Canada – a nation with more foreign-born per capita than the United States.

Canada may not have the cache the U.S. does – but it holds great appeal for would-be immigrants, says The Economist’s Guest.

“Canada offers many of the same things that America does – a very high standard of living, the rule of law, peace, safety,” he says.

To determine whom it should let in to live and work, Canada uses a point system. You don't even need a job or employer, just skills. Applicants are awarded points for proficiency in education, languages and job experience.

Just why is Canada so ready to accept immigrants with open arms?

Because it has to be.

The nation is sparsely populated, has a low birth rate, and needs immigrants for population growth – and economic growth.

In Canada, almost two-thirds of permanent visas last year were given for economic needs – Canada's economic needs, that is.

The country brings in the majority of foreigners to fill labor holes.

Only 22% of its immigration was for family reasons: reuniting mothers with children, brothers with sisters, grandparents with grandchildren.

In the U.S., the opposite is true. Only 13% of green cards last year were doled out for economic reasons, while two-thirds were for family reunions.

When Nahed Nenshi became the first Muslim mayor of a major Canadian city in 2010, he shattered Calgary's "redneck" stereotype.

“When I was running for office, it was only people who were not from here who said ‘Whoa, is Calgary ready for a mayor like that?’” he says. “The people in Calgary just said, ‘Ah, it's a kid from the East End. We know him.’"

Canada’s real challenge, says Nenshi, is ensuring the economic and social integration of immigrants once they are living in the country.

“It's not about burkas and kirpans. It's about saying to an engineer who was trained in Iran or China, how can we get you working as an engineer instead of a janitor as quickly as possible?” he says. “These are very serious challenges. And we haven't got it right. But I would much prefer we focus our energies there rather than on these meaningless culture war discussions that occasionally crop up ... because those don't make a difference in people's lives.”

The public and Parliament in Canada generally support continued immigration. “Immigration is unambiguously good for the economy. We know that those folks come, they invest here, they create jobs, they work here,” says Nenshi. “There's not much of a policy debate on that in Canada."

While the prime minister of Great Britain, the former president of France and the chancellor of Germany have all declared that in their context multiculturalism has failed, that's not so in Canada, says Nenshi.

“I'm not here to question their reality. It's their reality,” he says. “But I think it's important for us Canadians, and particularly for Calgarians, to really tell a story loudly and proudly about a place where it works, where diversity works, where multiculturalism works, where pluralism works. It ain’t rocket science.”

FUTURE IN THE U.S.

Canada and also Australia now have smart immigration policies that take in talented foreigners who have skills the country needs and determination and drive to succeed.

As a result, they have transformed themselves into immigrant countries, with a foreign-born population that is higher than the United States.

Australia, which only 15 years ago had strong strains of nativism and xenophobia dominating its political culture, now has more than a quarter of its population as foreign born – double America’s share – and is thriving because of the economic growth and cultural diversity.

Canada's foreign-born population is almost 20%; the U.S. is 13%, just a little higher than Great Britain's.

Related: Why American needs immigration

The United States is not the world's only – nor the largest – immigrant society anymore.

And that will have consequences economically, culturally and in other ways, says Fareed Zakaria:

It's a sad state, because the U.S. remains a model for the world. It is the global melting pot, the place where a universal nation is being created. We may not do immigration better than everyone else anymore, but we do assimilation better than anyone else. People from all over the world come to this country and, almost magically, become Americans.

They - I should say we - come to the country with drive and dedication and over time develop a fierce love for America. This infusion of talent, hard work and patriotism has kept the country vital for the past two centuries. And if we can renew it, it will keep America vital in the 21st century as well.

What do you think? What can the U.S. learn from other countries' immigration policies? Share your comments below and check out some past responses.

Or see what Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has to say, from this excerpt from "Global Lessons: The GPS Roadmap for Making Immigration Work"

and also New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg

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  1. paul

    "coming to the promised land in search of freedom and opportunity, in pursuit of the American dream"

    Ok, there is no such thing as the promised land, it was a nightmare for the native American!

    June 10, 2012 at 9:06 pm | Reply
  2. Simon Abela

    I don’t believe it What America should learn from Europe= Nothing NADA. CNN is bias against the US, does not matter if we have a Democratic or Republican President this is about America.
    Let me say one thing about Europe, Europe immigration policy is worse than the US. Example the island of Malta lots migrants are picked by the Armed Forces almost every other day. http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20120602/local/migrants.422424.
    Before Muammar Gaddafi was killed the EU blamed the Gaddafi regime for such problems, but the reality its worse now than a year ago, the EU does not care about a small island, in the Mediterranean. The problem is being handled by the Italian authorities; quite frankly Italy has taken a lot of these illegal migrants. The Maltese Government is doing everything including housing and feeding these migrants. The migrants will be repatriated to the US, Canada or Australia.
    America is and always remains the Melting Pot. I am Naturalized American came from Europe 28 years ago; I can tell you Europe does not have the best Immigration policy. In the 60 and 70, you could not work in the UK, unless you have a commonwealth passport.
    Italy and France have problems with migrants from Algeria, Romanians and other ex soviet countries, Gypsies running around largely in Metropolitan areas. Germany have integrated the Turkish population, but some of them are retuning back Turkey.
    This is just a few. Mr Zakaria, please check facts before you posts such comments. America has given me and others, a great life, and the opportunity that no one can. Freedom and liberty are hard to come by; I thank our troops that served and sacrificed to keep our Freedom. I am proud to serve with our Military. When one travel, & works in other parts of the world, you can understand the Greatness of our Nation.
    GOD BLESS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
    Simon Abela
    Dallas Texas

    June 10, 2012 at 9:06 pm | Reply
    • Eddard

      I am glad that the US Immigration policy from 28 years ago worked out for you. Many of my colleagues also immigrated in a similar time frame and it was are happy with being able to immigrate to the US. Unfortunately, the US Immigration policy today is not as it used to be. Legally immigrating to the US is extremely hard because getting a green card now is extremely hard. first applying for a green card has become very strict. second the time it takes for a green card to be issued after you get the ok is way longer, often longer than the time limits of the visas. which means if you leave the country once your visa expires, your green card application is considered abandoned. third, having visas renewed has also become very difficult and more and more foreign workers are sent home.

      June 10, 2012 at 9:22 pm | Reply
      • Name*

        I think employers like it this way. They'd rather let the visa expire rather than having to downsize and have to compensate.

        June 10, 2012 at 10:01 pm |
  3. Dave

    Just a stupid article. Fareed is occasionally inspired and generally idiotic. Nothing about Canada's immigration situation is similar to the U.S. nothing about Europe's is. When any of these countries shares a thousand mile porous border with a country who's GDP is roughly 25% of theirs then we can talk. Up until someone wants to sight a similar situation as an example this is all liberal propaganda. By the way, we have done amnesty. Under a REPUBLICAN and it only made the problem WORSE. We can't remove the economic incentive without becoming less prosperous (which despite our own efforts doesn't seem to be working so far) SO the only solution is to control our border, train OUR people for the jobs WE NEED and get on with it.

    June 10, 2012 at 9:12 pm | Reply
  4. hammer

    Its only the white guys who get fired from CNN.Can anyone tell me why Fareed has a TV show on CNN.

    June 10, 2012 at 9:15 pm | Reply
  5. CNN

    So you guys shill for outsourcing visas now?

    June 10, 2012 at 9:16 pm | Reply
  6. Enforce immigraton laws

    Accept those who can contribute and only those who apply legally to enter these United States. Keep out lawbreakers.

    June 10, 2012 at 9:16 pm | Reply
  7. Johnson

    I have never been impressed with Zacharea and even less so now. CNN should really dump him.

    June 10, 2012 at 9:17 pm | Reply
  8. David

    We dont need more uneeded and unwanted foreigners, we overdosed long ago. Too many wont feather into our society and keep to their own corrupt group.

    June 10, 2012 at 9:17 pm | Reply
  9. J Geheran

    I believe in legal immigration. It has been and continues to be the bedrock of what America stands for as well as a key element in our strength as a nation. What I take exception to is an immigrant with an anti-assimilation mindset. Call me a bigot when I say that immigrants who are committed to a totalitarian philosophy masquerading as a religion should not be welcome. Proof? Look at Europe to get some insight as to what awaits us if we fail to wake up.

    June 10, 2012 at 9:19 pm | Reply
    • SheilaKA

      I think you've hit the proverbial nail on the head. Americans generally accept immigration as "part of who we are"...but we DON'T accept immigrants who refuse to learn English and become American. I think the prevalence of foreign language media in the US only makes it easier for people to avoid assimilating. You don't have to learn English; you can get TV in your own language. I remember in the 1960s my mother was learning English...she used American soap operas as her basic instruction tool and she learned quickly. That doesn't mean that my family avoids traditions from her country; we treasure our heritage. But we are Americans first.

      June 11, 2012 at 11:32 am | Reply
  10. JC

    Zakaria, did you really did your homework before writing this article?, the Muslims in Europe are unskilled, unemployed and do not want to be employed but rather living on the benefits these socialist governments lavish on them. They are not interested to get ahead like new Americans immigrants, they are depleting the country from all resources and causing more social problems then any other groups. As to Canadians that give points to immigrants that have skills and education so they can be accepted as citizen might be good for Canada but it is disastrous to the countries that these immigrants leave because these countries need their skills and education to bring the country from poverty.

    June 10, 2012 at 9:20 pm | Reply
    • irene

      HI JC, I agreed with your first half but not the second. As one of the immigrants who left the UK and came to Canada, the reason was very simple. I was a foreigner in my own country, I no longer had rights. The law was on the side of the asylum seeker or minority group – if I said something I was a racist. If we needed support from the police we did not get it – Mrs Muhammad phones the police and they were there in 5 minutes, if I called it was at least 30 minutes if not longer. I worked long and hard in my country, I and my husband are highly qualified; he is also ex-military and serviced his country. Our children were losing out. Some of the schools in Glasgow were actually refusing to accept white British children who could only speak English – they had so many children speaking Punjabi they converted the school, so our children had to travel. They tried to get my daughter to learn Somali so the children in her class did not feel left out (and these were illegal immigrants!!). If you live in the UK same as America – SPEAK ENGLISH. Our government was spending millions converting everything into their language – learn English, save the money. Yes, Europe and particular the UK is full of groups who have only moved there for the benefit system – free housing, medical care and money in your pocket each week, what more can you ask for. When they did work it was on the black market – everything dodgy you can think of – and still claimed their benefits. If caught and I can assure you this is true – they got away with it, just a reprimand, do not do it again – which they did – in some cases they even gave them more money – HONEST!!! My friends husband was a taxi driver, he picked up a woman with a baby and she had a stroller, when he asked if she wanted it folder and put in the trunk she said no the social would buy her a new one – all because she had missed the bus – again honest it is true. We want to be in a country where we are respected and where we can work to benefit the country that has taken us in.

      June 10, 2012 at 10:28 pm | Reply
  11. TruthSeeker

    I have to admit, I was agreeing with the CNN immigration episode until I found out these visas are used to outsource jobs. CNN needs to do a better job in reporting, because errors like this are not acceptable.

    June 10, 2012 at 9:23 pm | Reply
    • US Worker

      Shill "news" stories like this one have no need for facts. They just make stuff up with no regard for the truth.

      June 10, 2012 at 9:40 pm | Reply
    • Name*

      Can't they just do some research, write an article and let the reader make up their own mind? Instead they have present it as a lesson for the U.S. Huh?

      June 10, 2012 at 10:14 pm | Reply
  12. WhitePeopleAreRacistMaggots

    The only reason why Americans believe immigration is a danger to America is because of the color. If legal and illegal immigrants coming here were all blond hair, blue eyes, America would roll out the red carpet for them. If fact, Americans should worry about white european immigrants because they are the ones that WILL take your nice jobs.

    June 10, 2012 at 9:24 pm | Reply
    • TruthSeeker

      Then why do you want to live in the countries they have built?

      June 10, 2012 at 9:29 pm | Reply
    • zaxxonzz

      You're right, it is the color. Our immigration policy gets us ONE color from ONE country from ONE culture from ONE social strata. We need more immigrants from more countries/cultures. And saying "whitepeopleareracistmaggots" actual makes you a racist, do you see the irony in that?

      June 10, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Reply
      • Name*

        Well said zaxxonzz

        June 10, 2012 at 10:26 pm |
    • jimbo

      The only real solution is to give the country back to the American Indians and deport all the rest.

      June 10, 2012 at 10:12 pm | Reply
      • Michael Brown

        Why stop there? Get rid of all the English from the British Isles since they didn't live there first.

        June 10, 2012 at 11:06 pm |
  13. tigrr

    Cut all US Foreign Aid. Ship all imimigrants back who don't want to learn english, who don't want to be americans, who are just here to make the same mess they left behind. And let them sort their own messes out back home... then they can visit as tourists. Enough these lame WH residents and Congress selling out America for votes and kickbacks from foreign govn't buds.

    June 10, 2012 at 9:30 pm | Reply
  14. Kenny Canuck

    The US and Canada have different situations and different needs. Politically, I can see how difficult and complicated it is to implement a decent policy in view of massive illegal immigration from the south. Canada has much simpler border security issues, just the long one we share with the US while the US has two, with many more entry points, and oh yes, terrorism worries are less of a problem up here as well.

    June 10, 2012 at 9:32 pm | Reply
  15. US Worker

    End the corrupt H-1b and L1 outsourcing visas.

    June 10, 2012 at 9:33 pm | Reply
  16. Emgad

    If you don't want more foreign immigrants in your country, you have a right to tell your government that you don't want anymore of them.

    June 10, 2012 at 9:33 pm | Reply
  17. zaxxonzz

    Looks like your the one that needs the reality check, where is your supporting information (funny how you put 2 claims out there yourself with no support, yet you expect others to believe what you say with zero supporting information)

    http://hothardware.com/News/Study-H1B-Visas-Lower-US-Programmer-Pay/
    http://www.workpermit.com/news/2005_10_26/us/us_h1b_visa_holders_earn_less.htm
    http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/02/are-americans-losing-high-skilled-jobs-to-foreigners/
    http://works.bepress.com/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1000&context=jeffrey_gower
    http://thejcrevelator2.hubpages.com/hub/HowH1BVisaFRAUDiskillingAmerica

    June 10, 2012 at 9:34 pm | Reply
  18. Fedman

    There is NO American born citizen qualified to host the GPS program ? 🙂

    June 10, 2012 at 9:40 pm | Reply
    • rdeleys

      No, I guess they're all bigots like you.

      June 10, 2012 at 10:04 pm | Reply
    • Guest

      No. Fareed created GPS. Comprehend?

      June 11, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Reply
  19. Simon Abela

    Zakaria,
    Its very evident that most of us disagree with your comments, Please redo your program and I should ask Mr Tunrer to Fire you .. this is why I dont watch CNN... BIAS BIAS

    June 10, 2012 at 9:42 pm | Reply
    • Brent Jatko

      Simon: I see a lot of nativism in your comments.

      If you in fact meant to be nativist, I strongly disagree.

      June 10, 2012 at 10:00 pm | Reply
    • LenaSaz

      I agree with Simon, I felt the same when I watched his program tonight on CNN..

      America has a national debt of approximately 14 trillion dollars. What can our country do to stop this spending? Statistics show that 338.3 billion dollars are spent on illegal immigrants in America annually. (3) This amount alone would be enough to stimulate the economy for the real citizens of this country. If we were to tighten border security, we would be able to cut down our debt. Therefore, to minimize national debt, America should tighten border security and thus stop spending money on welfare, Medicaid, and education for illegal immigrants.

      June 11, 2012 at 12:28 am | Reply
  20. Simon Abela

    Fedman

    No disprespect, I am not Natural Born Citizen, and I can do much better job for sure. I might run for President who knows maybe i can get elected LOL.

    June 10, 2012 at 9:44 pm | Reply
    • judge_bill

      Are you black, or a Republican ?

      June 10, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Reply
    • SouthernCelt

      Then you must be an illegal alien, as every citizen knows the President has to be a Native Born American.

      June 25, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Reply
  21. Fedman

    Mayor Bloomberg's idea of automatically granting a Green Card for individuals who complete their MS or PHD in STEM areas is a brilliant one . This will ensure that we don't lose the best that are educated in US universities. It will also eliminate exploitation of H1-Bs by outsourcing companies promising green cards. It will also reduce the red tape for corporate America in hiring a US educated person of foreign origin

    June 10, 2012 at 9:46 pm | Reply
    • LucyRicardo

      Oh goody! Just what we need! Let's pay to educate them and then let them take jobs from Americans and their children.

      June 12, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Reply
  22. norma

    Dont you think the American indians should have a say in this B S immigration laws.?

    June 10, 2012 at 9:47 pm | Reply
    • judge_bill

      The Indians were here first, let them have first shot at the illegals.

      June 10, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Reply
    • Michael Brown

      nope

      June 10, 2012 at 11:04 pm | Reply
    • Digital Backlash

      Dont you think the American indians should have a say in this B S immigration laws.?

      Why ?
      I dont have any say.

      June 11, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Reply
  23. Fedman

    The current chaos in EU is a golden opportunity for US to attract the best and brightest from EU. They are more likely to assimilate into the American society.

    June 10, 2012 at 9:48 pm | Reply
    • irene

      As someone who tried to move to the US for over 5 years (and still trying) and considered any State but particularly Phoenix (husband was based there with the forces) and Florida I can tell you we are not welcome by the US immigration service. We do not qualify for the green card lottery and even though I got my teaching certification and the prison services wanted to hire my husband due to his skills they could not do so, The prison was federal so not allowed to sponsor, and the schools wanted me to have the green card first, but to get a green card, you need the job – catch 22. We finally escaped to Canada. Europe is no longer Europe; many countries are swamped with their own immigrant population. In many UK cities it can be hard at times to find a white face.
      You tell me where two highly qualified and hard working Scots can find work in the US and I'll be on the first plane

      June 10, 2012 at 10:08 pm | Reply
      • concerned

        Well Irene, first I'm a big fan of the British Isles. I'm sure Scotland is a beautiful place. I'd love to live in England, Ireland, or even Scotland. The U.S. sucks. There are no jobs here. Not in California anyway. I last worked in 2008 at a well-known tech company (as contract/temporary). Since then, I have not been able to find a long-term job. Because of my age (over 45), companies will not hire me. I applied at colleges, county government (several many within 5 hrs of where I live), plus city government. I've wanted to switch to the public sector (b/c more older people seem to be employed & discrimination is less). But no, can't seem to get a job. They are so picky. They want exact experience in that exact environment (so it seems to me). There is a totally unfair system of hiring. I have plenty of experience – computer experience, people skills, etc. But there's discrimination as to the unemployed or temporary employed. If I can't get a job, I don't know how anyone would be able to – unless they're already working in a similar industry or they know someone who can get them in – which I also do not find fair. Often times a person may have less education &/or experience than me, but if their friend or family member gets them in – & they're quickly trained to do the job. There's a totally unfair way of hiring in the U.S. & the government does not seem to want to address it or do anything about it.

        June 11, 2012 at 5:50 am |
      • RossC

        Unemployment is higher in Ireland than California.

        September 10, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
  24. American Man

    Fareed Zakaria is an Indian. The summary of his rant here as usual is to "Allow more Tech. trained, Indians, Phillipinos, Chinese" Workers and less of Latinos (non-skilled, non-tech. skills based) immigrants. US policy is heavily influenced by these so called, Media Experts like Fareed Zakaria, etc. who want to bring in more of their own countrymen, i.e. Indians into the US. We know they have a billion plus population, but is it American's and US's fault that Indians breed so fast and now US has to bring them here... Why are mostly Indians so much pushy, and want to change US's foreign and even domestic policies into their own "India's" favor. There loads of Indian Professors, Businessmen, Engineers already taking over American job in US. Do we need more of them. No more H1B Visa (Which is 90% used by Indians).

    June 10, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Reply
    • judge_bill

      Just kill them all, Let God Sort Them Out !

      June 10, 2012 at 9:50 pm | Reply
      • American Man

        judge_bill,

        You are an idiot. Killing does not solve any problems. If you like killing so much, go and kill yourself first. Never talk non-sense like this, if you don't have anything better to say, then just Shut Up, you may look a little less stupid that way.

        June 10, 2012 at 10:06 pm |
    • Varun

      We are pushy because we are good at getting things done. Not whinge on CNN forums. Looks like you prefer the 10 millon illegal mexicans to the legal 40 K Indians who come here every year.

      June 11, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Reply
    • Zen

      What exactly is wrong in bringing in skilled labor from India,China,Phiillipines etc. Don't you think it is crazy that the US has just 13 percent high skilled immigration while the rest is family reunification,asylum etc. We need more skilled labor to pay the freaking taxes.

      June 11, 2012 at 7:30 pm | Reply
    • LucyRicardo

      I agree 100%. They should all go back and quit bringing all their relatives and friends over. They push to get into places where they can employ all their own kind. I was shocked to go into Dunkin Donuts in our train station the other day to find all the Mexican workers, who worked very hard I might add, had been replaced by Indians. No doubt who bought that franchise, is there????? And an Italian restaurant chain, though maintaining the name, is run by Indians. Ever taste Indian cooking Italian?????? YUKKKKKK!

      June 12, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Reply
  25. swohio

    Hmmmm....so if someone wants to work in a retail store, or a restaurant, or a receiving department in Canada, they're outta luck, huh? I mean, SURELY there's a market for office/retail workers and managers, cooks/wait staff, and shipping clerks in Canada, no? Sounds like they only want people who have certain KINDS of skills...and REAL skills, at that...as opposed to those who have other skills, but still would love to live in Canada.

    June 10, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Reply
    • irene

      Canada has high unemployment and many Canadians will gladly accept the jobs you listed, my family for one, but very few are on offer. Why should any country accept people who do not offer anything extra to what is already available. They want people who give to the economy and at present those 'skills' are not needed. You do not need special training for any of the jobs you listed except possibly the managers depending on the managerial job. Canada will give you lots when you come here, but you have to be able to gtive Canada something in return. If they opned up the doors to everyone who wanted in then there woudl be no room left. We can see this from the number who are rejected each year and how long the process takes – it took us 3 years and we have 2 Degrees, 2 PG and one PhD between both of us and 20+ years working expereince

      June 10, 2012 at 10:01 pm | Reply
  26. judge_bill

    Can't we just kill all the immigrants we want. Line them up and "Remember The Alamo".

    June 10, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Reply
    • Digital Backlash

      We tried to give Texas back to Mexico.
      They would not take it.
      Now we are offering money.
      They will take Texas, but we have to keep the "Texans".
      No deal.

      June 11, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Reply
  27. Fedman

    If deported, will Fareed start his own GPS show in India??? 🙂

    June 10, 2012 at 9:50 pm | Reply
  28. Go Away Invaders

    Let them come in, when food shortages start we can eat them!

    June 10, 2012 at 9:50 pm | Reply
  29. Edward

    Fareed Zakaria is unquestionablely my favorite journalist. Some times I cheer in a greement with him. While other times I scream at my computer screen reading his work. That said, I will be brief. I knew Pierre Trudeau and consider him to be the father of multiculturalism. Where America was a melting pot, Canada would try a different idea, inviting immigrants to bring their culture here and enrich us all with it. Mr. Zakaria is correct. Multiculturalism has been working just beautifully in Canada. Yet recently, we have been having tentions with our muslim community asking for special rights. I think a good question for you is: Does multiculturalism work with all cultures but not all religions?

    June 10, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Reply
    • Digital Backlash

      When religion is a culture it will not work.
      We do not change our laws to suit your religion.
      Join ours or stay home.

      June 11, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Reply
  30. irene

    I think this article is wrong in relation to the immigrants from the likes of Rumania and Poland. If you go to the UK you will find them on every street corner of the major cities, begging in packs. I even attended a lecture the other day with a Prof from Finland and he said they were swamped with the gypsies. The problem is they just sign on for benefits and move about regularly. I do not think anyone should move to a county (freely) if they do not know the language. If you have chosen to go there then fit in with that country, do not expect the government to spend what little resources they have to give you additional services. Different for those like refugees etc, who have to move in a rush etc. I object to those who say they do not get help to integrate or services in the language – why should they. There are always realtors etc who will help you find a house (rent or buy) and employment agencies to lead you down the employment path, and schools will gladly accept new students.

    June 10, 2012 at 9:54 pm | Reply
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