Originally posted by @kazetnagorra
I didn't say economic (i.e. GDP) growth should be a goal per se, but it is what you mentioned.
In both Finland/Norway and India people's quality of life increased dramatically over that time period. What does that have to do with migration?
The improvements to quality of life in most places have to do with advancements in technology and nothing at all with the sheer number of people. Indeed, having less people
makes it easier for a nation to be prosperous in many ways.
For the overall quality of life to improve in India, for the bulk of people to occupy a middle class similar to the middle class lifestyle of a Finnish person, it literally involves getting sophisticated logistics systems and middle class incomes for hundreds & hundreds of millions of people.
Even as it stands here in Korea... Samsung can only employ so many people for so long. There are literally policies in place dictated by politicians which make it so that persons at Samsung who haven't achieved a certain status by a certain time are forced into retirement if only to get more people the opportunity to work at this company.
It's hard to actually fully describe these things to people because it takes a while to sink it but like... In places like Korea, it was considered very prestigious to be a flight attendant for Korean Air back int he day. In places like Uzbekistan, it is now like it used to be in Korea back in the day; it is actually still considered quite prestigious, and they have even done TV shows about people competing to become flight attendants here in Korea! everyone is proud of their kid that became a flight attendant because in an overwhelmingly agrarian or cottage industry society where so many people bust their knuckles to make a buck, the idea that you have one of the few slots like that is spectacular...
You know, in the seventies, it was considered very prestigious to be the lady on the bus who read the names of the bus stops because you got to be pretty, literate, and have a sort of 'authority' over other's behavior, and a sort of 'knowledge.'
That's how it is in economies where grandpa grew up illiterate on the farm as opposed to grandpa went to school and had the potential to work at a desk.
If you can say that your grandpa wore a suit & tie to work, in many societies that's very prestigious still.