Tuesday, June 12, 2007

A Post for Sister Suzie, Brother Jon, Martin Luther, Phil and Don

As the country debates what to do about immigration, there's this fascinating study from the Public Policy Institute of California:

California’s labor market has changed dramatically over the past two decades because of rising demand for highly educated workers. Although economic projections for California indicate a continuation of this trend, projections of educational attainment for the future population strongly suggest a mismatch between the level of skills the population is likely to possess and the level of skills that will be needed to meet economic projections.

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To bridge the gap between supply and demand through migration, those with high skills would need to come from other countries. Hence, meeting the demand would require an intensification of current trends: Between 2000 and 2005, for the first time, immigrants to California with a college degree exceeded the number of immigrants who were not high school graduates. Large increases in the number of college graduates in other countries indicate that this trend could continue to intensify but the number of highly educated immigrants to California would still need to more than double to meet projected needs. U.S. immigration law would need to change fairly dramatically, and it seems unlikely that this will happen in the near future. Moreover, increasing global demand for highly skilled labor, including increasing demand in origin countries, makes it even less likely that California could successfully and sufficiently compete for large numbers of highly skilled labor from other countries.

We conclude that it is extremely unlikely that the projected need for highly skilled workers will be met mainly through the increased migration of college-educated workers.

Very interesting--if we don't import college graduates, California's economy is headed for the crapper. Gives the arguments a different spin, that's for sure.

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3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Foreign students will have a distinct advantage in the sciences over domestic students since they will not have been taught creationism by idiots who disavow perfectly good science for perfectly silly religion.

3:47 PM  
Blogger MCConfrontation said...

Word to THAT, whoever you are Mr./Mrs. anonymous. I think George you need to point out to your readers that the article almost definitely remarks on LEGAL immigrants, not the wrong-language illiterates that I can only surmise comprise the majority of the illegal immigration wave.

4:14 PM  
Anonymous George C. said...

Perfectly good science? Where did the first molecule come from? Was it eternally existent? Did it evolve? If it evolved, from what did it evolve?

You can not deny the order and design to all that is around us. Can your labs duplicate that order out of an explosion? They can not, and if they could it still would not be a true proof test, because a thinking entity (the scientist) designed the explosion with matter that already existed.

Furthermore, many if not most of our breakthroughs have been discovered because someone believed the Bible and then searched out to prove it. Or those that have been discovered were already proven in the Bible.

IE. Life is in the blood. There is a different type of blood for each species. The Earth is round. Hydrological Cycles. Anesthesia. Different lights and colors for the stars. Fire changes colors at higher temperatures. The list goes on and on...

1:22 PM  

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