Why are visa reciprocity fees so uneven?

Hello,

For context see this post to summarize, the vast majority of European countries has a 0 USD reciprocity fee, but a few individual countries all have reciprocity fees of hundreds, with Ireland topping at 1505 USD.

The reciprocity fee is supposed to be a response for foreign governments imposing a visa fee for US students studying in that country, but I can't find anything about Irish government (or Finnish, or Norwegian, etc) requiring such incredibly high fees. Also, I find it hard to believe that the vast majority of countries would require absolutely no fees.

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source https://www.reddit.com/r/immigration/comments/nxjsm1/why_are_visa_reciprocity_fees_so_uneven/

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