Imagine a country with high immigration/refugee rates but also strong resentment towards these immigrants (like the southern United States and their grudge against illegal Mexican immigrants).
Imagine this country didn't want to close immigration completely or reduce the immigration quotas, but still wants to reduce the immigrant flow into the country. The government proposes creates a subtle way to do this, through a new set of laws: the weight of your vote depends on how long you've been a citizen:
- For the first four years you've been a citizen, your vote is weighted 0.16 times.
- After four years after citizenship, your vote is weighted 0.32 times.
- 0.48 times after eight years
- 0.64 times after twelve years
- 0.8 times after sixteen years
- and 1 time after twenty years or longer. Also, if you were born in this country, you bypass this whole system and your vote automatically counts one whole time. Voting age is 18.
Would this be an effective way to discourage immigration while rewarding loyal citizens? On the flip side, would this encourage immigrants to stay in this country for a longer period of time?
Edit: Voting is required for all citizens, immigrant or not, over the age of 18. First year immigrants cannot vote.