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By Fareed Zakaria
Canada and Australia both have a higher percentage of people who are foreign born compared with the United States. In fact on this dimension, America – which once led the world – looks like most Western countries. Germany and France, for example, have about the same percentage of foreign born people as America. One important difference is that many of these countries have managed to take in immigrants mostly based on skills, giving a big boost to their economies. It’s not as if America doesn’t need these people – American companies are struggling to fill 3.6 million job openings, many of them in science related fields.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg calls America’s current immigration policy the single biggest problem facing the economy and argues that our current approach is “national suicide.” The good news is we may finally be on the road to a solution.
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