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Replacement, I Mean, Replenishment Theory

There’s a very strange opinion piece at the Financial Times. Parah Khanna writes about the future of climate-driven immigration. Among other bizarre pronouncements about the future, there is this:

Today’s fiscally strained and depopulating Visegrad countries could fuse into a larger federation to better administer their vital forests, agriculture and rivers in order to prepare for demographic replenishment by Arabs and Asians.

I always find this odd. Why would people who take all that trouble to emigrate choose regions that are failing? Why would current governments try to improve resource management in their own lands, if they expect no share in what’s reaped from this investment?

But “replenishment” is a deft choice of words.


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