Watching the American Midterm elections and following developments with Brexit it seems that both were fuelled by the spectre of mass immigration. Trump certainly wanted to focus on it – demonising the refugee caravan – because he knew it resonated with the fears of his base.
In Europe we are suffering from having to deal with large numbers of people fleeing Africa and the Middle East due to either severe economic problems or war. They are fleeing wars in Syria, Libya, Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia and general poverty in many areas of Africa and the Middle East. On top of that we have an influx of economic migrants from the Eastern European States where there is poverty.
In America there is a movement of people from Central America and Mexico fleeing poverty and the drug wars. There are also Muslims wanting to get into the States to escape the wars in the Middle East.
Having so many people coming into a country puts a strain on services and causes tensions within the endemic population. It is very hard to integrate so many people – particularly if they, as with Muslims, have different values and appearances.
I see immigration is top of many peoples list of concerns both in Europe and the States. Perhaps it is time for both America and Europe to start taking it seriously and dealing with the root causes?
So what are the causes of mass migration?
Overpopulation – many countries have a burgeoning population. There is no work for them. It creates poverty. It puts stress on the infrastructure and environment. Families cannot support or provide for the numbers they are producing.
Unemployment – if there is no work for people, or the pay is so incredibly poor, they will seek to go somewhere else where they can gain a better standard of life.
Wars – If regions are ravaged by wars then families will flee and seek refuge away from the conflicts.
Poverty – unemployment, exceptionally poor wages and no prospects make people desperate.
I am sure that if people had a reasonable life in the country of their birth they would not be after taking huge risks in trying to cross continents in pursuit of a better life.
I can’t help thinking that it would be a lot cheaper and less traumatic to deal with these underlying issues than constantly waging wars or maintaining economic inequalities and having to deal with multitudes of refugees along with the terrorism that it spawns.