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May 14, 2007

Norway Gets It: 'No Ticky No Laundry'

While the U.S. government continues to be unable to understand a very simple principle which, if applied to immigration, would go along way to helping solve some of our immigration-related problems, at least in Norway we're finally seeing a clear sign that Norway is getting the message from the problems brought about by years of unconstrained "immigrant" family reunification: Oslo City Council leader Erling Lae and mayoral candidate Fabian Stang believe that Oslo's immigrants need to be integrated before new immgrants can come in. In other words, integration BEFORE immigration!

The Conservative Party politicians call for a halt to immigration until the integration process is improved.

"For Oslo it must be important to do everything possible to integrate those who are here properly before discussing taking in new immigrants," Stang told NRK (Norwegian Broadcasting).

"We must be honest and say that all of the family reunifications are a strain on our city," Lae told Aftenposten.no.

In the past year there have been 5,000 family reunifications in Oslo, and Lae believes this increases immigrant unemployment. He also believes that the primary reason behind living standard differences in the capital is immigrant women living isolated from Norwegian society.

"One of the most important things we can do is to get immigrant women into employment," Lae said.

One solution to the demands is stricter regulations about asylum seekers remaining in the region where they are placed.

"We can't put up a wall around Oslo, but it is important that we demand stricter rules," Lae said.

When you go to the dry cleaners, you know the drill; no ticky, no laundry. It's a simple system. If the dry cleaners can do it, one would think that nations could do it. No ticky - no laundry, no integration - no immigration. Simple.

If only our politicians could apply the same principle here in our own country. No English equals no ticky, hijabs and burkas equal no ticky, and you already know the rest!

Posted by Richard at May 14, 2007 10:57 AM

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