posted on Dec, 19 2018 @ 07:02 PM
Over the last few years I've heard a lot of people make statements that the reason many of the under-developed countries remain the way they are is
due to a drain of their more capable citizens, both in a "brain drain" and even physical labor drain. I know some people will dismiss this out of
hand but if you look back to the cold war, brain drain was a major factor in weakening the Soviet Union and then Russia after the fall of Communism as
people left for the more prosperous and wealthy west.
When I look at countries, especially in Africa and other "3rd world" countries, I can understand just how devastating it would be to have a large
portion of the top 10% of the minds of your country leave to work in another country, often to live permanently (and contributing relatively little to
their home countries). This puts those countries at a marked disadvantage and the receiving country (which doesn't need the advantage) at a much
greater proportional/relative advantage - thus deepening the divide between the wealth of the countries. This is especially detrimental when many
immigrants choose one country as the destination as that country grows in wealth, power and influence in a huge proportion to the other smaller
countries which contributes the minds.
What I am suggesting is some kind of monetary remittance paid to the country of origin of the immigrant when the immigrant finds gainful employment
within their new country. I would think this payment would be made by the employer into an account that is transferred to the immigrants country.
There would need to be some things taken into consideration such as if the immigrant was already educated when they immigrated or if they received
their education in the new country. As far as how much the payment would be, IDK what a good number would be, probably a % of salary/benefits and
possibly only for X number of years.
I know there will be people who say this will hurt employers, but currently it is hurting native born citizens because of the use of things like H1-B
visas and other visas for skilled/semi-skilled and even general labor (seasonal) employment - where immigrants will work for minimum wage or even less
(under the table). Be introducing a remittance tax such as this it puts native workers on a more even footing when it comes to wages while at the same
time it helps the countries of immigrants off-set the loss of their skilled and even unskilled workers.
Another alternative to sending funding back home could be to use that money for educational scholarships for people from those countries (possibly
able to be used globally) where the developing country picks the candidates they think will most benefit from further schooling and they then receive
whatever amount the country decides (say 100%, 80%, 50% schooling costs - or whatever). This way the money can't be stolen or squandered in the
developing country on another Mercedes or Bentley for the politicians. I'm sure there are ways to ensure the money is spent on bettering the country
and if we are collecting the "tax" then we should have some say as to how it is going to be spent - as there is no historical precedence for this
and they can't say they are owed it without strings.
I'm really not interested in people saying "we don't need new taxes" or anything else about not wanting new taxes. I understand this but this
thread is for discussion on how something like this could work, pro's & cons, how to implement such a tax and how it could be paid to the developing
countries - along with any other relevant discussion.