“Every action has a reaction.”
Keep that thought in mind next time you vote for a politician, especially when the position he is being elected into plays a crucial role in the international sphere. The actions he takes will have drastic effects, not just on the nation being helped or sanctioned, but in the other nations as well. The decisions made by the United Nations and the countries that enforce them have both immediate and delayed consequences. Which is why, we need to start reconsidering the angle of approach we take. Some of the consequences that can come from actions like: sending weapons to rebels, sending troops to help the current regime in power, and/or placing economic sanctions on a country, include: increase of tensions between the people and the government, oppression from the government accompanied with human rights abuses, and the increase of poverty. All these consequences are local, but one that takes a while to surface is immigration.
Before analyzing the root of immigration, lets first understand the four kinds of immigrants that exist. The first immigrant is the wealthy businessman that goes to another country to invest and stays there or goes to live to another country that offers more luxuries, while he’s managing his economic empire from abroad. This kind of immigrant tends not to bother society because he either creates new jobs or is simply pumping money into the economy through lavish purchases.
The second kind of immigrant is very similar to the first one. He’s the employee of a multinational corporation that relocates its employees every so often. The corporation sets up all the paperwork and makes all the arrangement for their transition. These people are in the new country for a relatively short period of time to really be considered immigrants; nonetheless they’re immigrants because they’re coming from somewhere else. Since everything is set up for them, they’re not imposing or taking away opportunities from the citizens thus they don’t pose any issue to society.
Then the third kind of immigrant is the politically exiled. Usually, these kinds of people have made enough allies to compensate for the enemies they have. So, these allies grant them political asylum in their nation with protection. These kinds of immigrants are a small percentage of the world’s population that the people granting the asylum tend to share and admire the political ideals these people were being persecuted from, or simply despise the country exiling the person so much that they’ll happily grant the asylum. And this asylum tends not to be burden on the government except on its relations with the exiling nation – although there are exceptions to this case like the British Government having spent millions of pounds guarding Julian Assange in the Ecuadorian embassy, usually these people live peacefully afterwards.
The fourth and last kind of immigrant, and the one everyone focuses on, is the poor person coming from a highly corrupt and developing country in which opportunities for prosperity are almost nonexistent. So, these people flee their country risking everything they own, just to try their luck elsewhere and be able to feed their families.
The first three kinds of immigrants don’t pose any real threat or burden to the society thus they’re usually forgotten about. However, the fourth kind of immigrant does pose a threat to society. Because he doesn’t come alone, he comes with a wave of people that are looking for the same thing as he is: a new opportunity. And the countries forced to deal with this wave are the developed nations.
But why does immigration happen? The answer is simple: the home government, who’s supposed to provide the economic opportunities for people to live decently, is unable to provide them because the job market cannot offer opportunities to everyone that wants one or the people do not meet the qualifications necessary for the current dominant industry or the wage the is so low that the worker can’t feed his family every day.
Keep in mind: the immigrant doesn’t want to leave his country. All of his roots, culture, identity, and family are there. Going to a completely different place with no real guarantee of safety or success is a daunting and terrifying choice, but if there’s no opportunity present for him and he can’t provide for his family, he’ll take that risk.
But, what happens with the millions of dollars that go into foreign aid to help developing nations tackle these issue? The governments are so corrupt that the officials in charge are filling their pockets with this aid and the people never get a chance to see a dime. If the officials wouldn’t steal the money sent to them from abroad and the tax money from the people, there would be a drastic change in the course of the country and new opportunities would surface. Unfortunately, there’s no way of stopping these officials from stealing but there is a way to reduce the immigration.
One way of reducing immigration is by sending foreign aid directly to the people not the government. This practice is already in use in the form of Nongovernmental Organizations (NGOS) and institutions like the World Bank that encourage governments to invest the money lent to them more efficiently. Also, the UN has a strong campaign called the Millennium Goals, which consists in tackling poverty and other issues pertaining to human rights by 2015.
While all these efforts are great, they’re still not good enough. They’re not tackling the real root of the problem and that is corruption. Corruption breeds decadence. A corrupt government basically means that the officials in charge are above the law. They can do anything they want and will not be held accountable, unless they’re overthrown and persecuted by the new government. But, once in power, these officials will guarantee their perpetuation of power and prevent any sort of opposition from gaining power using any means necessary to ensure their ultimate goal: power. In such a globalized world, it seems ridiculous that any nation would get away with such levels of corruption and atrocities. Yet, it happens and usually it keeps on happening because these nations have been given the green light by its peer nations. As long as there’s an agreement that works in the interest of the powerful nations, a blind-eye will be turned. But the moment these interests are threatened, then nations will react in order to prevent it from occurring. The problem with this attitude is that while it benefits one country in the short-term, the long-term damages affect all the players involved.
Members of the Security Council tend to act with this mentality in the back of their minds. But if instead they sacrificed those interests and stopped turning a blind-eye to all the corruption and oppression going on, then real changes in these societies and their rule-of-law will occur. Both the living conditions and economic opportunities would start to improve and the problem of immigration will eventually cease to exist.
So, next time you choose a leader who will be playing in the international arena choose one that will work towards everyone’s interest not just for some. Because his actions will have long-lasting effects for generations to come and right now we’re starting to see them surface.
Thank you OM for letting post in your blog. My name is Lex Solo and I blog at Lex Solo’s Political Rantings – come and discuss politics with me.