Fake News: NO UN Plan Revealed To Flood America With 600 Million Migrants

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  • by: Maarten Schenk
Fake News: NO UN Plan Revealed To Flood America With 600 Million Migrants

Did the UN reveal a plan to flood America with 600 million immigrants? No, that's not true. Writer Paul Joseph Watson took a U.N. study published in 2000 calculating several possible scenarios for the evolution of the population of various countries with low fertility rates and then declared this was a "UN plan" that got "revealed" somehow in 2018. It obviously is not.

The story originated from an article published by Infowars on July 24, 2018 titled "Revealed: UN Plan to Flood America With 600 Million Migrants" (archived here) which opened:

A 2001 UN strategy document is getting fresh attention in light of the migrant crisis because it outlines the need to flood America and Europe with hundreds of millions of migrants in order to maintain population levels.

Entitled Replacement Migration: Is It a Solution to Declining and Ageing Populations?, the plan seeks to "offset population decline and population ageing resulting from low fertility and mortality rates."

It contends that mass migration to the west is needed for governments to maintain "many established economic, social and political policies and programmes".

The strategy document sets out six potential scenarios for each country or region of the world necessary to meet this goal.

Under the most severe scenario, large numbers of migrants will be required to "maintain the potential support ratio" (of a population) at the highest level.

Users on social media only saw this title, description and thumbnail, in which no mention is made that it was just a study and that the numbers cited were only from one of several possible scenarios:

Revealed: UN Plan to Flood America With 600 Million Migrants

By 2050, 73% of population would be immigrants or their descendents

The study in question looked at countries with low birth rates and longer life spans and calculated what would happen given various possible changes in immigration, fertility numbers, working age etc. in order to see how many people of working age would be available to support non-working senior citizens by 2050.

It didn't recommend or favor any of the possible scenarios, and none of them have any force of law or should be considered as a "plan". The conclusions of the study are an interesting read, and they mention several other possible solutions to the problem of declining and ageing populations, along with several potential downsides of mass immigration that should be considered:

Finally, the new challenges being brought about by declining and ageing populations will require
objective, thorough and comprehensive reassessments of many established economic, social and political
policies and programmes. Such reassessments will need to incorporate a long-term perspective. Critical
issues to be addressed in those reassessments would include (a) appropriate ages for retirement; (b) levels,
types and nature of retirement and health-care benefits for the elderly; (c) labour-force participation; (d)
assessed amounts of contributions from workers and employers needed to support retirement and healthcare
benefits for the increasing elderly population; and (e) policies and programmes relating to
international migration, in particular replacement migration, and the integration of large numbers of
recent migrants and their descendants. In this context, it should be noted that immigrants to one country
are emigrants from another country. As such, international migration must be seen as part of the larger
globalization process taking place throughout the world, influencing the economic, political and cultural
character of both sending and receiving countries. While orderly international migration can provide
countries of origin with remittances and facilitate the transfer of skills and technology, it also may entail
the loss of needed human resources. Similarly, international migration can provide countries of
destination with needed human resources and talent, but may also give rise to social tensions. Effective
international migration policies must therefore take into account the impact on both the host society and
countries of origin.

(our highlights)

Whatever this study is, it is definitely not a "plan" to "flood" America with 600 million migrants. The Infowars article on the other hand can be classified as scaremongering clickbait that relies on people not clicking the actual links in the article.

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  Maarten Schenk

Lead Stories co-founder Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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