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Migration Problems: Contrast with Europe
I knew that some one would raise these objections to my statement about the contrast between European and American immigration problems. Sure enough, Miles Seeley did. He says:
"The 'brain drain' of scientific and technical people to the US still concerns England, France, and Germany. I believe immigration quotas have been filled to overflowing. And I have been in sections of London and Paris that seem exactly like our "inner cities"- home to the impoverished, the uneducated, the homeless, the disenfranchised. The East Indian slums of London, the Algerian neighborhoods of Paris are all too familiar, as are the reactions to them of the white majority."
My reply: There is indeed an emigration primarily of scientific and technical people from Europe to the U.S., dissatisfied with modest salaries and inadequate equipment. However, it does not compare with the masses trying to enter the U.S. or Europe, often illegally, from less developed countries.
As for the European cities, I chose my words carefully. There are indeed immigrant slums in London and Paris, but I spoke of "inner cities." These sums are not located in the "inner cities", but rather in the outskirts. In France, when I lived there, Mantes la Jolie deserved its name, but now it is notorious for its crime infested immigrant high-rises. The center of Paris, like that of London, still is what an "inner city" should be.
Ronald Hilton - 12/9/99