Immigration has existed for millions of years, since the early beginnings of our presence on this planet for thousands of years and other living creatures have also immigrated long before our existance. We talk about illegal migrants from developing nations coming to the Western world for a better life. We complain about it, but we do not go after those who stand behind the business.
Every story has two sides and it’s important that we look at both sides before we make up our minds on what’s best for our countries. I would like to make it clear on this blog that I am not advocating illegal immigration, in fact I am against it, but I would like to explain the causes of illegal immigration.
In many developed countries, the population is shrinking and the number of seniors is rising and there’s a need for labor. Those countries face a dilemma, when it comes to the need for labor and making laws about immigration reforms and desperation for labor so that our economies can advance.
Reasons for immigration are due to poverty, political and religious persecution, seeking for opportunities where they can be found and other reasons. When countries in Africa and got their independence, the standard of living in those countries was 40% higher than it is now and there was no need to immigrate in West for the sake of seeking a better life. If we compare Africa and Asia, I would say that Asia is more advanced, even if there are also illegal immigrant from both Asia and Latin America.
Some of the world’s poorest countries, there is bad governance, human right abuse, corruption and lack of interests in their peoples. Some leaders, intelligences and secret services in the West have and still support dictatorships around the world so that they can have easier access to commodities. The rise of extreme right parties is due to the fear that their countries will love their identities and they are afraid that mass immigration will affect the cultures and of their nations and their sovereignty.
That’s where you see lots of hate crimes and racial slurs going on. The other problem is imams who promote extreme ideologies to young children of immigrants, instead of helping them do something constructive with their lives. Those imams who promote extreme hateful ideologies contribute to the resentments that many people in the West feel about Islam and the rise of far right parties. I am saying this because they’re no helping young vulnerable immigrants to improve their self-esteem so that they can do something positive with their lives. I understand that some immigrants face discrimination, racial profiling and so on.
But be with those that you believe are good people and shake off those who hate you. Immigration also goes the other way around. We see lots of people from the Western world going to settle in countries like China, the Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Japan, and Thailand etc, for different reasons.
Globalization is good thing because it gives us the opportunity to learn other cultures, religions and countries, but it’s not to blame for us not being able to keep the cultures, which our countries hold. Globalization is here to stay and we might as well have a good approach, but be well-balanced.
The WTO is also contributing to illegal immigration from developing countries to first world countries, when it makes it difficult for the world’s poorest countries to have access to the international market. You can’t expect to ignore this problem and complain about immigrants from third world countries coming to first world countries. The Western world needs to rethink its strategy when it comes to helping developing countries improve their economy.
When a country has a difficult time accessing its product to the world market, it cannot advance and the level of unemployment and poverty will increase and people will be desperate to seek elsewhere for a better life. If we ignore these problems, we will deal with severe consequences in the future. I would also like to add that foreign aid does not work. What works is free trade and trade is free, when it’s fair.
About Balthazar Rodrigue
Causes Balthazar Rodrigue Nzomono-Balenda Supports
Fight against poverty, justice, freedom of expression, secularism, nationalism, conservatism, Tea Party, fight against Islamism, protectionism.