A recent New York Times article criticizes the French for their “anti-immigration” environment that limits a greater influx of foreigners, despite acknowledging that they prefer their own people rather than immigrants.

“Current immigration policies, she added, stifles economic growth and the economic recovery from the pandemic,” he mentions quoting economist Emmanuelle Auriol, in the Dec. 2 publication, according to Breitbart. 

It also notes, “As French restaurants, hotels, construction companies and other services face a shortage of workers, politicians across the ideological spectrum have proposed raising wages, but not the number of immigrants allowed into the country.” 

Indeed, the French placing priority on their nationals was reflected in the results of a poll, according to which 61% of respondents said they believed that Europe’s white, Christian population would be subjected to “great replacement” by Muslim immigrants.

However, the NY Times again quotes Auriol: “Modest changes have been carried out in recent years. But they are insufficient to attract the kind of motivated, skilled immigrants that France desperately needs to bring innovation and fresh thinking,” pushing the open-borders policy that is spreading across several countries. 

The criticism comes amid the political campaign heating up in France, five months before the presidential election, with candidates also insisting on limiting immigration. 

In this context, the NY Times takes the opportunity to label the candidate, Eric Zemmour, as extreme right-wing for his statements, in which he suggests that immigrants can replace the French. 

“We won’t allow ourselves to be dominated, turned into vassals, conquered, colonized. We won’t allow ourselves to be replaced,” he said, agreeing with the majority of French people, in a video posted on the YouTube platform. 

As a result, politicians seek to impose a moratorium on immigration, including through a referendum on these policies, which could mean closing the borders. 

On the other hand, France is not the only country in difficulty with immigrants. Australia also prefers to raise wages for domestic workers rather than allow low-wage immigrants, as ABC business editor Ian Verrender notes.

In this regard, Verrender takes issue with employers who call for importing immigrant workers, arguing a shortage of skilled labor.

“If it really is the case that skilled labour is in such short supply, why aren’t wages being bid into the stratosphere by desperate employers? In fact, the opposite is true,” Verrender said

This editor recalls that employers continue to ask for more immigrants, something they have been doing for 20 years, despite the large numbers of immigrants admitted to the country. 

And he also suggests the possible causes of this insistence, arguing that companies want to “depress the price of labor” and grow the population to create “a bigger economy and a larger potential market which makes it easier for businesses to make more money without any need for innovation.”

Comparing the situation in these two countries with that in the United States, author Neil Munro notes a parallel, where President Joe Biden and his Wall Street allies are pushing this “investor-first” policy rather than prioritizing immigrants. 

And he notes, “For 30 years, immigration has curbed Americans’ productivity, shrunk their political clout, and widened regional wealth gaps.” 

It has also “radicalized their democratic civic culture, which promotes compromise and allowed elites to ignore the desperate Americans at the bottom of society.

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