Those are the people who will now have the ability to take these jobs and the wage will be higher due to the lower competition.
This is a reasonable enough theory, but Iím very far from convinced thatís what weíd get in practice.
Iím not convinced that the idea of making it equally as hard for someone from Poland to immigrate as someone from India is an inherently racist idea?
Agreed, but for me itís not about whether or not itís racist (thatís a separate issue I think). Itís more whether itís the correct system to have. I actually blame the infantilisation of public discourse in this sort of area: politicians say things like ĎAustralian style points-based systemí because they think it sounds good, without having a clue what it means. Australia has one of the most problematic immigration systems in the developed world, and their economy isnít like ours.
In short, I think choosing a generic base earnings level, or a need for a degree in C subject, is the wrong way to go about it.