Friday, July 06, 2018

Europe has no migrant crisis

Karl Marx called on the workers of the world to unite. Yet it seems today that many of his followers would prefer keeping workers behind walls and fences in the name of immigration restrictions. Leftists of different varieties have been opposing immigration arguing that immigrants bring down wages and weaken the welfare state because they raise the costs of keeping it intact. Some on the Left argue that immigration could have negative effects on the native working class because the competition of foreign workers would lower labour standards and wages. The Socialist Party insists that class solidarity extends beyond all borders.  What an extraordinary notion it is that so many members of the human race should be forced to remain on that small section of the earth's surface in which they happened to be born. Who gave the world's rulers the right to tell us which bit of land we should live on?

The European Union is not in the throes of a migration crisis, U.N. migration experts said.

“We consider it a political crisis, not a migrant crisis. The numbers are not that significant,” said Leonard Doyle, spokesman for the U.N. International Organization for Migration. “We are concerned that the toxic narrative against migrants, to put it bluntly, be diminished, and people see migration for what it is. It’s a necessary part of the modern world, provided it’s managed. The issue is that people’s perception is that it’s out of control,” he said.

“This isn’t a crisis,” said Charley Yaxley, a spokesman for the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR. “But what continues to be the case is that a small handful of countries are bearing a disproportionate responsibility for receiving new arrivals. “What’s needed is for European states to come together with countries in the Mediterranean region as well to establish a fair and equitable distribution of refugees and asylum seekers so that the responsibility is shared.”

1 comment:

ted said...

Nero, “fiddled while Rome burned.”