Open Borders morality is bogus, of course, in several different ways. One of the ways it’s bogus is in its pretended concern for people in other lands, places poorer than the U.S.A. If we bring them here they’ll be so much better off! And with the remittances they send back, their fellow-countrymen will be better off, too!
Well, let’s see. Here’s a country worse off than us: Nigeria. Real GDP per capita: $4,900. Median age: 14.8 years. Total Fertility Rate: 4.57 children per woman. Population growth rate: 2.53 percent (which means the population will double in 28 years).
The Corruption Perceptions Index ranks Nigeria 150th most corrupt nation out of 180.
But hey, it’s what they’re used to, right? Nigerians on the whole are OK with their country as it is, right?
All told, 73 percent of Nigerians in 2021 wanted to go, according to the Nigeria Social Cohesion Survey, which was up by 41 percentage points on the previous one, in 2019. With corruption and physical insecurity rampant, annual inflation at 23 percent, and 63 percent of adult Nigerians deemed ”multidimensionally poor,” it is no surprise that the japa syndrome is stronger than ever.
The what syndrome? Japa is a verb in the Yoruba language meaning to run, flee, or escape. I learned that, and took the foregoing quote, from an article about Nigeria in the August 12th issue of The Economist [Why Nigeria’s hospitals are losing their staff].
Hospitals are losing qualified staff at an alarming rate, as droves of doctors and nurses head for America, Britain, Canada, the Gulf states and elsewhere in search of better pay and working conditions https://t.co/owtKRv0ovJ— The Economist (@TheEconomist) August 18, 2023
Japa is a current buzzword in Nigeria, says the article, referring to people fleeing the country to live abroad.
The japa problem is especially acute in the medical field. Nigerian doctors and nurses are escaping the country in the thousands every year, mostly for jobs in the U.S.A. Britain, and Canada.
There are only 24,000 doctors left in Nigeria to serve a population of 220 million—one doctor per 9,000 citizens. In the U.S.A. the ratio is one doctor per 310 citizens.
Isn’t it worth it for all those remittances sent back, though? I doubt it. The Economist says remittances run about $20 billion a year—less than ten dollars per Nigerian head.
And things are going to get worse. This article quotes something called The Association of Resident Doctors—resident in Nigeria, that is—as saying that 85 percent of doctors still in the country are planning to emigrate. And, quote: ”Many thousands of other talented Nigerians are trying to leave,” end quote.
That’s an aspect of our immigration policy—ours and Britain’s and Canada’s and the oil-rich Gulf States—that you don’t hear much about. We’re strip-mining the Third World of its Smart Fraction.
Do world-saver globalist progressives ever talk about this? Not that I’ve heard.