When it comes to Immigration and Liberalism there are three time periods that have existed.
1. Nineteenth Century (The Early Period)
2. The Two World Wars (The Middle Period)
3. The Post-War Period (The Later Period)
In each country these periods are slightly different, for example in the United States the Middle Period was 1925-1965, where as for all other English speaking countries the Later Period began in 1947. But lets look at each period and it's special nature.
Liberalism believes in the Autonomous Individual, that people should be free from all restraint and in the Nineteenth Century, when Liberalism as we would recognise it first came into existence. The Industrial Revolution was spreading and it encouraged bigger populations and one of the big questions of the age was what to do with Europe's growing population. But there existed an answer, North America and to a smaller extent South America, Southern Africa, Australia, New Zealand and for the French, Algeria. Together these under populated areas of the world could absorb the excess peoples of Europe. While Immigration had existed before this time it wasn't a part of Liberal ideologue. After the Napoleonic wars, Liberalism came to support Immigration or more correctly Emigration. Here was a way to combine a number of different strands of Liberalism together. People who Emigrated were self-made men, they were leaving behind their family, they communities, their nations, they were men who could invent themselves in a new place. They were Autonomous Individuals.
Emigration also had an economic base as well, it took people from places where labour was over supplied and took it to places where labour was under supplied. Liberalism was and is a Middle Class Philosophy that believes that Business makes men free. Because money is as welcome in China as in Southampton. But land cannot move so it ties people down. Emigration destroys peoples old connections, because hardly any of them would be able to return home. Emigration was a one way trip. To that end Liberalism supported Imperialism and Colonisation, things you may have noticed modern Liberalism says are wrong.
By the time of the First World War the amounts of people moving out of Europe were in the millions each year. The war would put a stop to most large scale Immigration as it was simply too dangerous to travel. Attitudes also hardened as the war made people suspicious of foreigners and the Russian Revolution fueled that suspicion. The war also put a big dint in the idea that economies always grew, another core belief of Liberalism. These attitudes would continue throughout the Inter-War Period and into the Second World War.
But two things were to change this situation, one was the Holocaust, the second was the massive amounts of refugees in Post-War Europe.
When the true extent of the Nazi's crimes against the Jews became known in the West there was profound shock. Nazism made a mockery of the ideas of human progress, of Liberalism. The World wanted answers, how could such a thing have happen and how could it be stopped from happening again? Liberalism founds the answers, there were three groups to blame, the Nazi's, the entire German people and the peoples of the Western Democracies. But hadn't the peoples of the Western Democracies fought Nazism? Hadn't they done a great deal to destroy Nazism? The answer to both was of course yes, so how could they be to blame for the Holocaust? They restricted Immigration.
The Liberal argument went like this, if the Democracies had allowed unrestricted Immigration from Germany then all of the Jews could have escaped and the Holocaust wouldn't have happened. It's not very good thinking as in 1930 there were approximately 500,000 German Jews, but the Nazi's killed approximately 6,000,000. The truth is that the majority of those killed no one seriously thought were in any danger. It would have seemed outlandish in 1939 to think that the Jews of Salonika in Greece, or in Kiev in the Soviet Union were in any danger from the Nazi's. But with Liberalism feelings are more important then facts and many people were told they should feel guilty for failing to save people they never had a chance of saving.
The war also left millions of people displaced, with no home or family to return to, in some cases with no country to return too. And with Communism taking over Eastern Europe many had no where to go. At first the Allies thought that the problem would sort itself out but by 1947 it was becoming obvious that that was not the case. Drastic measures would have to be taken to solve this international crisis. The solution was to allow these Refugees to Emigrate to countries that were largely untouched by the war. Every English speaking country (with the exception of Ireland) and many South and Central American countries were convinced to take in large numbers of Refugees. The scheme lasted for 5 years and solved a great deal of the problem. But for countries like Britain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa the scheme was the stepping stone to further long term Immigration schemes. Schemes that while there names have changed have never stopped. In time every Western country would become part of these schemes.
Today and for many decades the Immigrants have not been from Europe but from all around the World. The false idea that the peoples of the Western Democracies helped kill Jews in the Holocaust now allows, Muslims and Hindus, Buddhists and Animists to enter the West because our prejudice killed the Jews not the Nazi's. Liberalism uses every dirty trick in it's book to get what it wants.
But the Immigration that takes place today is a reversal of the Immigration of the Nineteenth Century. Instead of exporting people, Liberalism is now importing them. But much of the same ideas remain. Immigrants are people who leave their families, their communities, their countries, they are Liberals even if they don't know it. Every Immigrant is an Autonomous Individual, able to remake themselves, they are not tied down by land they are instead free because money means freedom. They are not loyal to their old country and they are not loyal to their new country, they are true Liberals. They are free, self-made men and women, free from loyalty, free from their traditions, free to create any future they like. Compared to an Immigrant what hope does the Native born have to offer Liberalism?
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