In a world with technological level of the near future, where humans use robots for specialized tasks but still need human labor, large conglomerate has genetically designed a hobbit like creature to colonize an extreme planet. This type of genetic projects are forbidden but in this circumstance the government approved since the humans couldn't live on that planet.
However colonists found them useful as a source of cheap labor and spread them throughout the colonies. Hobbits are hired for jobs that require little training (routine maintenance, cooks, waiters, attendants, ushers, cleaners etc) usually several hobbits work under human boss whose job is to organize the work .
In the colonies there's lack of humans, as transport is very expensive so most of the colonists are highly skilled professionals (doctors, engineers, pilots...) hobbits don't threaten their jobs. However on the home planet situation is the reverse.
The hobbits threaten jobs and negotiating power of the low skill humans, if the restaurant owner has to pay 2000 for a human, hobbit costs 200. It makes economical sense for owner to replace expensive humans with cheap hobbits, with keeping just those that handle jobs that hobbits can't do, like head waitress to deal with troublesome customers, or chef to organize kitchen of hobbit cooks, porters & dishwashers.
Would the humans push the government to ban the hobbits from migrating to the main world?
The characteristics of the hobbit are as below:
- Height of 120 cm, resembles a 9 old child
- Lifespan of 20 years, sexual maturity at 4, fully grown at 6
- IQ similar to 10 year old, learns fast simple things
- Very efficient metabolism needs little food
- Quite an individualistic character closer to cats then to dogs