We discussed the phase before immigration, that is, reasons for immigration in our previous post. Now let us observe what happens after migration.
Immigration is the most difficult struggle of human beings. After the course of moving, immigrants confront exacting challenges at the destined region, both individual and collective. It is responsibility of residents of a nation to create supportive conditions for every human being in their native region. Such treatment, of course, is expected for immigrants as well. Unfortunately, the current facts and figures are demonstrating the opposite. Treatment of immigrants by governments, employers, and native population is a subject of continual debate and criticism, and violation of their human rights is an ongoing human crisis.
The human history illustrates that the process of immigration has been of great social, economic, and cultural benefit to states. For instance, the intellectual strength of America/Europe is due to brain drain from many less privileged or backward societies of the world. More than 100 immigrants have been awarded a Nobel Prize in the field of Chemistry, Medicine and Physics (1). Moreover, the economic growth of America/Europe is due to synergistic approach among immigrants and residents. In the United States alone, immigrants have founded or co-founded companies such as Google, Intel, WhatsApp, PayPal, eBay, Tesla and Yahoo! Although they make up less than 15 percent of the population, skilled immigrants account for over half of Silicon Valley start-ups and over half of patents (2). Likewise, the strength of Arab economy is due to labor class, skilled or semi-skilled or unskilled, of Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh.
If this is spot-on, then why is immigration phenomenon producing the said “ongoing human crisis” rather than convincing everyone to deem it as a blessing?
- Anderson, Stuart. “Immigrants Flooding America With Nobel Prizes”. Forbes. October 16, 2016.
- Thompson, Laura. “A World on the Move: The Benefits of Migration.” International Organization for Migration. September 25, 2014.
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