Ireland was never known for its diversity, yet it seems to have a better handle on absorbing an immigrant population that is proportionately more than the US in a land area that is smaller than the typical small US state. I particularly like the idea of a Minister for Integration.

The Irish seem to understand that the greying of the population in Europe could be a disaster for many countries as the younger population reaches a point where it can no longer sustain retirees at a standard of living that is acceptable. The US has the same problem and experts like former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan are sounding alarm bells that we're in for the same fate if we don't bring in immigrant workers at a large enough clip to retiring workers.