Finnish Communities Seek Immigrants

The United States is being torn by arguments regarding immigrants while nations like Finland are eagerly seeking immigrants from areas ranging including Thailand to Bosnia to the Ukraine. The blueberry crop is currently being gathered by immigrants from Thailand. The town of Narper took Vietnam immigrants in the 1980s, Bosnians in the 1990s and is even taking in those from Myanmar. In fact, the town has hired special people to assist in securing adequate housing for immigrants. Employers are paying top wages to avoid creating a poor underclass of immigrants.

The Finnish example proves that a society which adopts a proactive stance will avoid many problems with immigrants down the line. The Finnish decision to ensure immigrants earn at the same level of native born Finns will prevent the development of a poor underclass of immigrants. The USA might learn from this example.

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