Borderless Economics: Chinese Sea Turtles, Indian Fridges by Robert Guest

By Robert Guest

A century in the past, migrants usually crossed an ocean and not observed their homelands back. this day, they call―or Skype―home the instant their flight has landed, and that is just the start. because of affordable commute and simple conversation, immigrants far and wide remain in intimate touch with their local international locations, growing robust cross-border networks. In Borderless Economics, Robert visitor, The Economist's international company editor, travels via dozens of nations and forty four American states, staring at how those networks create wealth, unfold rules, and foster innovation. masking phenomena comparable to how younger chinese language learning within the West are infecting China with democratic beliefs, to why the so-called "brain drain"―the move of knowledgeable migrants from negative nations to wealthy ones―actually reduces worldwide poverty, it is a interesting examine how migration makes the area wealthier and happier.

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More open borders are also in the interest of rich countries. Immigration is the only plausible corrective to the graying of rich societies. It is also the best hope for a more tolerant world. When rich countries allow migrants from poor countries to live and work within their borders, those migrants experience firsthand how a rich country works. When they taste the fruits of tolerance, pluralism and the rule of law, they often find them delicious. And sometimes they carry the seeds back home. * Including sea cucumbers, which look and taste like foot-long aquatic slugs.

North Korea is the most isolated place on earth. Its government has tried to seal it off from the outside world, save for the occasional shipment of costly cognac for the Dear Leader or spare parts for his nuclear weapons program. Hardly anyone is allowed into North Korea—I had to pose as a tourist and pay a lot of money to get a visa. ) Hardly anyone is allowed out, either. The North Korean government tries to exclude outsiders because they might bring with them subversive ideas, such as capitalism, democracy and jokes about Kim Jong-Il’s bouffant hairdo and platform boots.

Occasionally they commit crimes or plot terrorist outrages. But at the same time, the free movement of people makes the world richer, accelerates technological progress and helps disseminate good ideas, from genomics to democracy. Migration is not well understood, not least because we tend to think in national terms. People in rich countries worry that immigrants will “swamp” their shores. People in poor countries fret about the “brain drain”—the exodus of doctors and engineers who seek fatter wages in the West.

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