In the era of globalization, immigration is easier than it has ever been before. Applying for citizenship in foreign nations has never been easier, but some countries have tougher immigration laws than others. Countries like Japan, Germany, and the United States are some of the countries with the toughest immigration laws. According to an article on National Geographic the reason countries such as the United Kingdom make strict laws on immigration is because of the immigrants that abuse their visas’ by staying in the U.K long after their visa has expired. The prime minister responds by making tougher laws on immigrants seeking jobs and education, making them pay a fee of £1,000 as a security bond only to be returned if immigrants return home before their visas’ expire. While visa abuse has been a problem in most developed nations, there are some nations that are easier to immigrate to. One of these nations is the country of Uruguay. According to a post from the Nomad Capitalist Uruguay has a history of having easy immigration laws, immigrants with decent incomes can easily qualify to have second citizenship in Uruguay.
Many immigrants immigrate because they see opportunities in the country they immigrate to. These opportunities can either be jobs or businesses corresponding to their desired nation. When immigration like this happen the nations’ economy will surely be affected because a new wave of employees or entrepreneurs are entering the country improving the economy of the country they reside in. In my opinion, this is one of the reasons the U.S. is the economic behemoth it is today. The United States is cited “the country made by immigrants” because most of the nations’ population is not indigenous to the continent, but mostly from European or Asian descent. This creates a great meeting of cultures, the diversity this country was founded on made it's economy so diverse that it grew over the decades of its’ creation. The difference in culture also created a unique mindset, where people came up with a lot of ideas, inventions, new businesses you name it. Take Levi’s for example, Levi’s is an American clothing company known worldwide for its’ denim jeans. Levi’s founder Levi Strauss was an immigrant from the Kingdom of Bavaria now part of modern-day Germany. A culturally diverse nation has a bigger innovative chance than other nations because the mix of cultures can stimulate new ideas to be brought forth.
A nation's economy is affected by the ability of its’ citizens to innovate, take Japan for example. Japan has been a large economy in the global stage for decades now, but it has not seen much economic growth in recent years.
The culprit to this problem may lie on the innovative achievements made by Japan in recent years, any large company born in Japan that has reached the global market was conceived before the 21st century. Immigration probably has something to do with this anomaly, because Japan has one of the hardest working visa requirements. You need to have a degree to enter Japans’ working force, and the application form requires you to work in accordance with the job type you applied for. These strict immigration laws help control the type of people immigrating to Japan, and it is certainly doing well.
Does this mean nations have to let up their immigration laws so that their citizens could innovate? Of course, not, every nation has a reason for such laws because it corresponds to the people and the nations’ interests.