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.
So this is a huge question, especially if you have a look at current political debates in Europe. Regardless of the main reason for the debates, each one will eventually turn out to be about the migration issue.
The current media hype on international migration and all that this huge field includes is pretty impressive. As though this is the very first time in history someone decided to move from one place to another, having a reason for it and actually trying to make it happen.
“At the end of the day, it’s about asking people in what kind of world they would like to live.”
What a wild thought, right? In combination with this amazingly under-educated form of reporting, there’s also a wide range of non-media houses parties reporting (hey, that’s what they call it) on what is currently known as being a very big deal – the migration issue.
Except for the teeny detail of selectively choosing a delicate, biased and severely superficial way of creating stories around this subject, they’re doing a pretty great job. Oh, except for the Armageddon propaganda linked to the current migration waves to Europe.
Oh, and, except for the hysterical fears of these new people taking over their culture and country, threatening everything that is ours and promoting only their ways of living. Which is, of course, primitive, dangerous, stupid and beneath every Western standard. Low-quality.
Is the migration propaganda getting out of hand?
As noted, the past two years in particular, the madness surrounding how migration affects the western world and Europe in particular, has seen no limits. Relations between certain countries in this region have worsen and in general, there’s a slightly more angry tone in the regional conversation.
Even mainstream media has begun to flirt with the more right-oriented ideas, making a whole new face for total embarrassment, educating their viewers on how to think like a moron. Some groups have seen this as the perfect timing for establishing political parties placing the (carefully selected) migration questions as the core issue.
Not only that, but these folks have also created completely new connections between concepts of economy, policy, culture and society – adding some schizophrenia to make sense of the picture that only they are able to see. If it’s too much, even dangerous? We’ll have to wait and see, but currently it seems as though things are balancing on the verge of insanity.
Mad thoughts and crazy concepts – What is happening in Europe?
As right-wing parties have understood the importance of being fun, staying active on social media and using these channels in combination with effective marketing strategies, they have managed to turn some people in believing what they have to say.
Not only is it ridiculous, but it poses quite a big security threat in this part of the world. One deeply fascinating example of this is the current preference of talking about integration and immigration as being interchangeable. Which it isn’t but hey, who cares about facts?
This polarizing strategy will most likely be held accountable for creating conflicts instead of solving current issues, a set of skills nobody should even consider to be proud of. The growing appeal of these patterns in thought has influenced the European overall political atmosphere, currently portrayed by the various debates on this topic.
Europe consists of a bunch of migrating peoples, so they’ve got plenty of experience on how to manage the situation. Although being a bumpy ride, there are a few things pointing to the awesome parts of the European values and beliefs, creating hope and positivity in a region that really needs it.
As fantastic as ideal worlds and fairytales may be, sticking to reality is useful when dealing with all things international migration. Relationships between countries, not only states but also corporations, institutions, banks, international memberships, strategic alliances and all things relationship messes things up sometimes.
The current (constructive, awesome) things that are happening
According to the World Migration Report (2015),
“The present report highlights the links between well-governed migration and well-managed development. This, in turn, shows that restrictive policies on migration and urbanization can be damaging for growth and development for both origin and destination cities and countries in a globalized context.”
Well managed development makes sense, there needs to be more of it. Not exclusively for migration issues but all sorts of problems including the need for having a look at how well human rights values are incorporated in policies in general. Clearly, restrictions isn’t the way to go.
In the report, it is also stated that,
“Relatively unencumbered by the lack of policy coherence at the global and national governance levels, cities are nevertheless taking their own initiative to create socially integrative communities and forge new intercity networks of good practice around migration and urban governance. They have been established in order to strengthen relations among local institutions and draw some collective good practices from their individual experiences, with the shared goal of sustainable urban development and governance.”
There you go, it’s all about the initiatives. Despite political parties and extremist movements that emphasize restrictive ideas about how to run the world, normal people clearly make sure to prove them wrong. By being open and constructive.
And informed, educated.
Will new partnerships be a way out of this mad migration discussion?
New partnerships would be a fantastic idea, connecting cities, regions, institutions and many other actors with each other, and more importantly – with common goals and vision for the future. As many people move around for a better life, the very possibility of providing and building a better life must be there. Not only that but it has to be supported, emphasized, motivated, strategically planned and executed accordingly.
Many of the issues arising today is due to that fraction thing we spoke of earlier, in which nations make decisions which aren’t great, yet with the argument that in the end, everything’s all balanced in this world.
Ending this series on a positive note, there seem to be far more people actually sharing the universal human rights’ values to which we’ve all subscribed, and that’s a great thing. It indicates that although the international migration situation is a tough nut to crack, there’s a lot of hope.
Extremists will be extremists at all times, and they will find a way to argue for their sake. This isn’t the first time in history they try to hijack an issue to gain some seconds in the spotlight, but luckily people are smarter today and won’t take them seriously.
That is, their ideas are taken seriously and dismissed. But the people representing these ideas shouldn’t be taken seriously, their level of understanding anything other than their own potential future political career is beyond what words could ever describe.
At the end of the day, it’s about asking people in what kind of world they would like to live. If it’s the happy one, then we should aim at supporting communication and interaction as the main means for solving any issues. Openness creates a space for understanding, helping others and growing as human beings – wouldn’t it be great if we just tried that one out?
We hope that you have enjoyed this fourth and final 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 and part 2 and part 3?