Argument against populist xenophobia

Of course, even if emigration helps in the short term, it could be risky in the long term. Generally speaking, a national population needs to grow, not shrink, for an economy to expand over the long term. In long-time economic powerhouses countries such as Germany and Japan, declining birthrates are seen as a sign of coming economic decline and, as a result, possible political turmoil. Even if emigration helps in the short term — fewer unemployed, less social unrest, more effective politics –  its demographic effects could undo all that good in the long term.

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