Freeman

March 1983

Volume 33, 1983

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Illegal Aliens

MARCH 01, 1983 by HANS SENNHOLZ

With unemployment at chronically high rates in nearly all countries, it is not surprising that the number of explanations and interpretations is on the rise. In less developed countries, we are told, the high birth rates and population growth rates exceed the ability of agriculture and industry to absorb the new population, with the result of increasing unemployment.

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