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I think history has shown many times that generally open societies are good for both the economy and for future strength of the country. It is nice to see a well reasoned analysis of specific applications in Canada.

I generally agree but I do think those benefits are also correlated to a societies ability to support influx of new immigrants. Wealthy, land rich places like Canada of all places should not have problems housing both immigrants and current citizens or rapidly build infrastructure to support increasing capacity needs. But we aren't/can't due to various interests that weren't nearly as entrenched in past histories of explosive immigration, and the friction that results will lead to blowback.

E: Canadian immigration also heavily preferences brain draining talent and wealth from other countries, it's obviously in our self-interest. But it also creates losers, both in the developing countries losing out on talent and wealth, but also existing citizens who has to compete with increasingly inflated human resource pool. Again on paper this should be addressable.

What are some examples you'd give? Not trying to refute you, I just can't think of any off the top of my head.

It's a tautology. Open societies that handle their openness well are successful. There are plenty of counterexamples; China is doing well despite not being open for immigration and repressing its minorities. Singapore is hardly open. Western countries did well in the 1950s to 1980s with minimal immigration.

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