April 26, 2006


Record 20,692 foreign kids lack Japanese fluency (Japan Times, 4/27/06)

The number of foreign students in public schools who require classes in Japanese as a second language rose to 20,692 as of last September, up 5.2 percent from the prior year and topping 20,000 for the first time, the education ministry said Wednesday.

From Ireland, EU hears hum of cheap labor: By Monday, Western Europe must decide whether to lift restrictions on low-wage Eastern European immigrants. (Peter Ford, 4/27/06, The Christian Science Monitor)
Foreigners, who made up 3 percent of the population six years ago, now make up nearly 10 percent, says Macdara Doyle, spokesman for the Irish Congress of Trade Unions. "This is going to have massive economic and social consequences that are going to start showing up soon," he warns.

So far, most of the economic consequences have been good. The Eastern European migrants have filled gaps in the job market, fueling the "Celtic Tiger" boom that has seen the highest growth rates in Europe, and increased the government's tax and social security revenues.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 26, 2006 8:39 PM

The Christian Science Monitor story misses the opportunity, when mentioning that Ireland's tax coffers are bursting, to note that this happened in spite the controversial cutting of income and other taxes ... which France and the rest of the EU opposed to the point of threatening Ireland with sanctions.

This quote in the same story is typical of the Left; wishing for economic disaster because it is the only way they'll be able to regain their former power. Remind you of anyone?

"When the foreign population is 10 percent and unemployment is 10 percent, things will get very interesting here," says Krieger sardonically."

Posted by: Al at April 27, 2006 9:04 AM