Some studies suggest that immigration inhibits public support for generous social-welfare programs—which, for libertarian supporters of the idea, is in no way a problem. If a country can’t afford to welcome anyone who wants to come, why not charge an entrance fee, or slash government benefits for new arrivals, or withhold citizenship? OR does a global citizen have the right to immigrate to the country of their choosing? 

In the U.K., the government’s unwillingness to bar refugees entering from Europe helped lead to Brexit, which may yet hasten the end of free travel within Europe. In the United States, the rise of Donald Trump may mark the demise of the bipartisan immigration consensus; this year, an Open Borders Amendment seems even more far-fetched than it did in 1984. How much immigration should the government allow? One answer that open-borders supporters might offer is practical, if unsatisfying: as much as it can get away with. Subscribe to the podcast.

A global discussion on immigration. Co-hosts Taz Thornton is from the UK; Jenna Smith resides in Canada; Shawna Peters is in Costa Rica; while Jennifer Breedon lives in the United States. A most interesting conversation as we compare and contrast the immigration policies around the world. Malcolm will host but promises to leave Pluto out of the discussion. You’ll want to take notes on this one…

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