Ohhh, here we go with the moral panic again, right? Except we’re not, we’re not that kind of a magazine. Now, international migration, isn’t that fun? Especially now, considering the madness surrounding reports on a migration wave being called all sorts of bad words you can think of. It’s no surprise that you might be a bit fed up with all of that – this is why this series will suit you. We’re not trying to paint a pretty picture, nor an ugly one – we’ll just go have a chat about all things international migration. Check this out.
Ladies and gentlemen, for the past few years, you’ve been exposed to so much crap it’s impressive. That is, in regards to international relations in general and questions concerning international movement in particular. Especially over here in the West.
Especially when we speak of news reporting feeding on making your life miserable by emphasizing anything that could be turned into a conflict. Which is just about creating more work opportunities.
What should be a warning in any and every respect is when you see loud assholes actually progressing. And we’re not even speaking of politicians. It’s the extremists, you know them – the ones insisting on speaking “the truth”, bringing “facts” to the people which have been hidden by the “politically correct mainstream media”.
Apologies, we didn’t want you to throw up there, sorry about that.
Back to the topic – international migration isn’t just about refugees and migration camps not working out well. It’s not only about the fantastically bad integration policies that some host countries have implemented, nor is it only about the fact that people who come from poverty and/or war zones, really very much need help – especially right after settling down somewhere.
Ignoramuses only want to point out a delicate selection of issues happening when movement occurs – they live on it and without it, they wouldn’t have a nice little hobby in life. Or as they call it, a “duty to tell people the truth”.
What international migration is all about – the data of things
The UN department of economic and social affairs has a fabulous description of what international migration is about, so let’s start with that right here:
“International migration is a global phenomenon that is growing in scope, complexity and impact. Migration is both a cause and effect of broader development processes and an intrinsic feature of our ever globalizing world. While no substitute for development, migration can be a positive force for development when supported by the right set of policies. The rise in global mobility, the growing complexity of migratory patterns and its impact on countries, migrants, families and communities have all contributed to international migration becoming a priority for the international community.”
In the UN Migration Report (2015), there’s this huge ass bunch of quite informative things to read, like this:
“Nearly two thirds of all international migrants live in Europe (76 million) or Asia (75 million). Northern America hosted the third largest number of international migrants (54 million), followed by Africa (21 million), Latin America and the Caribbean (9 million) and Oceania (8 million).”
“In 2015, two thirds (67 per cent) of all international migrants were living in just twenty countries. The largest number of international migrants (47 million) resided in the United States of America, equal to about a fifth (19 per cent) of the world’s total. Germany and the Russian Federation hosted the second and third largest numbers of migrants worldwide (12 million each), followed by Saudi Arabia (10 million).”
“In 2014, the total number of refugees in the world was estimated at 19.5 million. Turkey became the largest refugee-hosting country worldwide, with 1.6 million refugees, followed by Pakistan (1.5 million), Lebanon (1.2 million), and the Islamic Republic of Iran (1.0 million). More than half (53 per cent) of all refugees worldwide came from just three countries: the Syrian Arab Republic (3.9 million), Afghanistan (2.6 million), and Somalia (1.1 million).”
…and while we’re all up in this nice little quoting session, how about this:
“Between 2000 and 2015, positive net migration contributed to 42 per cent of the population growth in Northern America and 32 per cent in Oceania. In Europe the size of the population would have fallen between 2000 and 2015 in the absence of positive net migration.”
If you scroll the F down for a second, all the way to page 8, you’ve got this nice piece of information:
“In 2014, the total number of refugees in the world was estimated at 19.5 million, representing about 8 per cent of all international migrants (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees 2015). Developing regions hosted 86 per cent of the world’s refugees (12.4 million persons), the highest value in more than two decades. The least developed countries provided asylum to 3.6 million refugees, or 25 per cent of the global total.”
They further state that they’ve got this statistics on most of the migration happening between countries that are really, geographically close to each other:
“In many parts of the globe, migration occurs primarily between countries that are located within the same major area of the world. The majority of the international migrants originating from Asia (60 per cent, or 62 million persons), Europe (66 per cent, or 40 million), Oceania (59 per cent, or 1 million) and Africa (52 per cent, or 18 million) live in another country of their major area of origin (figure 10). In contrast, the majority of international migrants born in Latin America and the Caribbean (84 per cent, or 32 million) and Northern America (73 per cent, or 3 million) reside in a country outside their major area of birth.”
You can go read the rest of the rapport, along with looking at the pretty pictures, right here.
As you can see right up in those carefully chosen quotes, the world doesn’t quite look like crazy, fanatic nationalists or extremists of any other kind enjoy to portray it. People with far too little information, far too much spare time and way too much self-confidence often enjoy being heard, that’s why you’ve been exposed to that kind of madness so much the past three years.
“Realists”, as they call themselves, like to pick and choose a lot. They take their favorite set of numbers and then they emphasize them, by making all possible impossible connections between those numbers and what they find to be suitable.
Soon enough, you get this bunch of fanatics establishing some sort of semi-functioning unit through which to share selective, mutated, biased and therefore completely useless collections of words and “facts” all over social media.
This thing gets clicks, it gets attention and attention leads to spotlights, which is the simplified explanation for why once solid, large media houses have chosen to move more into this direction. Somehow, talking about complex issues isn’t sexy anymore.
But we’re bringing sexy back (yup).
Not to hurt anyone’s feelings here, but dumdum fuckwits insisting on being right in fields where they do not only know nothing about – it’s far better than that – seem to enjoy ridiculing themselves publicly. They will actually be more than happy to tell you what you think about in regards to migration, especially immigration and especially about refugees.
Even more romantic, this group of not that sharp tools collectively criticize a whole group of migrating people, millions, many of who are already in a quite challenged position. Because learning new words and concepts, understanding the world economy and thinking a little is hard.
Now, ideally, international migration would happen much more smoothly. If you’d like to know more on that, as well as the connection to economy and politics, then check out the next piece in this series, next Tuesday.
We hope that you have enjoyed this first article in our series on international migration. Hopefully, you didn’t fall find it dead boring but actually a bit interesting, maybe even a little, you know, fun. Or not. Maybe a little. Stay tuned for next week and the second episode of making International Relations and international migration great again!