Oh, 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.
When you’ve got no control whatsoever over a certain event (or set of events) happening in the world, the easiest thing is to ignore reading up on it while criticizing any and every point made about it. Sorry, of course people with these attributes read too, but only idiotic propaganda which doesn’t challenge their views even the slightest little bit.
As you’ll see while researching right-wing, conservative material, there is this idea that before a certain event, we all lived in this ideal paradise, free from crime, conflicts and anything disturbing the peace. However, afterwards, when “they” got here, everything changed and now we’re turning our society into this useless, poor, uneducated, uncivilized bunch of morons.
Recognizing any of it? Probably, because this rhetoric is infecting the public space pretty badly.
Now, as previously mentioned, fuckwits do enjoy proving totally different points from those which they are trying to articulate, by accusing certain media channels to disguise “facts”, then elegantly referring to some blog or some extremist forum to show “the truth”.
So far, nobody seems to have understood this truth but we’re all very much looking forward to it being revealed and especially defined, so that we the people could ask journalists around the world what the hell they are doing.
You want the truth? You can’t handle the truth!
As we’re all super excited about this truth being told, as opposed to the current obese wave of idiotic words put into some sort of sentences that are supposed to make sense – let’s look at what the world would look like ideally.
It’s basically about national economics. Look, there are these two quite significant concepts called “the balance of payment” and “the balance of trade”. These are fundamental pillars upon which the international economy is created and maintained – and this shit’s important.
According to Investopedia, the balance of payments is:
“A statement that summarizes an economy’s transactions with the rest of the world for a specified time period. The balance of payments, also known as balance of international payments, encompasses all transactions between a country’s residents and its nonresidents involving goods, services and income; financial claims on and liabilities to the rest of the world; and transfers such as gifts.”
Put in English, it’s all sorts of economic movements, transactions.
And the balance of trade is:
“Balance of trade (BOT) is the difference between a country’s imports and its exports. Balance of trade is the largest component of a country’s balance of payments. Debit items include imports, foreign aid, domestic spending abroad and domestic investments abroad. Credit items include exports, foreign spending in the domestic economy and foreign investments in the domestic economy. A country has a trade deficit if it imports more than it exports; the opposite scenario is a trade surplus.”
English translation: stuff a country sells to and buys from other ones.
Now, these two do have a lovely relationship and often, there are all sorts of surpluses and deficits happening in those transactions and trade. It may not be bootylicious and all that, but it’s the damn truth.
WTF is this, a school of business and economics?
The main point is that we’re all seeking balance, both on an individual level and within the global context. The field of international economics is build that way so as to invite seeking for a balance – which is a bit tough.
Like seeking to eat only one cookie a day but ending up eating the whole box in one sitting. Because adult. Ideally though, we want to see surpluses and deficits brought down to a minimum, all over the world.
As countries directly or indirectly make moves in order to get closer to this balance, there’s this thing called turbulence, or friction. This fucks things up.
It’s not a math book we’re speaking of here – in an ideal world, all things would go smoothly, nicely, beautifully. However, on this planet we don’t do that. We go mad cow, bat shit crazy in settling the best deal, making the most money, buying the cheapest things, getting the highest salary and filling up on that sugar.
The argument is – on an international level, all this madness will balance itself, and the whole game as one will make sense.
Putting it all into the international migration connection
As you can see, having lived on this planet for some time now, “turbulence” is our middle name. As in “insane”. This imbalance in all its balance-seeking efforts creates quite weird situations in countries. For some, the low wages and long work hours drive people mad, for others, obesity (or over-consumption) does. In some places, there are no jobs – in other places, the economy could definitely need some population growth.
There are spots where extremists flip the fuck out, and there are places where they couldn’t, even if they wanted it. There are people traveling to see the world, and there are people leaving their homes for a better future. There are those fleeing from war and poverty, and those who are relocating because of their expertise being attractive to some other country’s professional atmosphere.
And the list goes on.
Now, what messes this all up quite badly? International politics and bad, bad international relations between countries. If you’d like to get into that a bit more, then watch out for the next article in this series, coming up next Tuesday.
We hope that you have enjoyed this second 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. Did you check out part 1? Stay tuned for next week and the third episode of making International Relations and international migration great again!