The Real Xenophobic Nations

Few accusations more clearly show the vacuous nature of an individual's intellect than the xenophobia card, which -- as Breitbart reports -- the musician Moby played during a recent epic Twitter meltdown where he complained about "'racist, xenophobic, ignorant' Republicans who 'support war' and 'hate immigrants.'"

At the U.N. Human Rights Council in early 2013, North Korea attacked Canada by saying it had "serious concerns about continued violations of the right to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression, torture and other ill-treatment, racism and xenophobia." Iran and China also played the xenophobe card against Canada, as did Cuba, which was very concerned about the "racism and xenophobia" in the United States' northern neighbor. China, of course, also accuses the U.S. of xenophobia, as do these other authoritarian nations.

While some chalk this up to typical left-wing politics, keep in mind that even representatives of the Fraser Institute -- a Canadian right-of-center think tank -- have also been playing the xenophobia card.

Now would be a good time to educate the uninformed as to the real xenophobic nations. Canada and the United States are most certainly not among them. In fact, once we dismiss the psychological projection by the xenophobia accusers, it is clear that we undoubtedly have had far too much immigration in the two developed North American nations.

In some Canadian sectors, employment is almost exclusively by immigrants. Some academic departments would make excellent examples. Interested readers are strongly encouraged to troll the academic web pages at some representative Canadian universities -- especially in the science and engineering departments -- to see for themselves the high percentage of graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty from authoritarian regimes such as China and Iran that are in the system receiving Canadian tax dollars. Think there were no interested and qualified Canadians that wanted those jobs? Think again.

Take the engineering department at the University of Regina, near where I live. Of the 37 professors/lecturers, only five (13 percent) appear to be white, the rest (87 percent) appear to be visible minorities -- which means that white people are the real visible minorities on this faculty list. Almost all of the dominantly visible minority department appear to be immigrants based on the fact they received at least some of their earliest undergraduate or graduate education outside of Canada or the U.S. The source countries include China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Egypt, Algeria, Sudan, Nigeria, Thailand, India, Mexico, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Germany, Italy, and the U.K. A full 20 percent of the department -- at least -- appears to be from China.

Xenophobia and racism in Canada? Perhaps, and it appears directed at those actually born in Canada. This exercise could continue all day as we move from one department to another across Canada and examine the lack of those born in Canada among the academic ranks. The problem is not restricted to Canadian academia -- both Canada and the U.S. are experiencing ongoing pervasive and rampant reverse discrimination throughout their societies.

The current unemployment rate for foreign born individuals in the United States is lower than the general unemployment rate. The unemployment rate for foreign born men in the U.S. is far lower than the corresponding general unemployment rate for men. The employment-population ratio is 62 percent for foreign born, just 59 percent for the general population, and the foreign born employment-population ratio for men is 10 percent higher than for the whole population. We also see a significant higher civilian labor force participation rate for foreigners than the general population, especially among foreign men compared to their native counterparts. Looks like reverse xenophobia at work.

Probably the best proxy indicator for national xenophobia is to examine the international migrant stock as a percentage of population. Immigration policies are also important, but for authoritarian nations who do not follow the rule of law, there is little comparative value in this approach. Here are the international migrant stock percentages by country in 2010 (the latest year available), with some notable nations highlighted.

It appears that the countries calling the United States and Canada xenophobic are among the most xenophobic nations on the planet, whereas Canada and the U.S. have two of the highest international migrant stocks among all major nations.

The only nations -- other than Israel -- that have higher international migrant stocks than Canada (which is effectively tied with Australia, New Zealand, and Switzerland) are essentially all either small island/city states or the authoritarian Middle East petrostates who utilize high rates of foreign labor (read: de facto slaves) in the oil fields.

Just last year, the BBC was reporting that "China only gives out 248 green cards each year." By comparison, the U.S. issues one million green cards per year, with the naturalization number having exploded over the past two decades compared to the pre-1990 figures.

While the real xenophobic nations and their influence operatives inside the West's private and public sectors prey on the all-too-many gullible members of the public and local, state/provincial, and federal governments in order to peddle their false claims, even cursory investigations reveal that the accusers are, in fact, the actual perpetrators.