Italian Establishmentarian Asserts Toilet Paper Fallacy: Remix Refutes
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H/T RMX.NEWS for Italian official slammed after calling for constant mass immigration to cover future pensions [April 18, 2023]

Mass migration is essential to Italy’s survival and without it the country’s pension system will collapse, Pasquale Tridico, the outgoing president of the country’s National Institute for Social Security (INPS), has claimed…

“The solution can only be the access of regular and fluid immigration,” he added, insisting that gaps in the Italian labor market can only be filled through foreign migrants and claiming the flow of mass migration must be “constant.”

Remix marshalled a competent response:

Stefano Candiani, the former undersecretary of state at the Italian interior ministry and a member of Matteo Salvini’s League party, also objected. “They want to replace the workforce, Italians, with low-cost workers,” he said in an interview with La7 television channel. 

But I think the key issue needs clearer statement

I call this the Toilet Paper argument. A 20% increase in the population will mean more toilet paper is used. Good for toilet paper vendors, but not necessarily for the well-being of the American people.

See  Powerline's Hinderaker: GDP Per Capita Key To Amnesty/Economic Growth Claim (Or, The Toilet Paper Fallacy).

Unless immigration raises GNP per capita, it is naïve for the existing population to expect any benefit.

Remix finished with a quietly devastating paragraph.

Proponents of mass immigration to fix pension problems also discount the enormous cost of migrants. Germany, for instance, is spending tens of billions of euros for education, integration, healthcare, and social benefits — often with extremely poor results. Norway reported in 2020 that nearly €7 billion had been spent on workforce integration for migrants, but only about half of them were working. The issue of crime cannot be overlooked either. In Italy, over half of rapes are committed by foreigners, and foreign groups that have failed to integrate have also added to the organized crime problem in the country.

Italy and the rest of Europe are sucking in human garbage. The consequence will be catastrophic.

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