Immigration of thoughts: from intolerance to openness
An airplane sets its course against the huge blue sky. Facing the limitless horizon, the people on the plane quickly await their destination. They seek either a typical tour, as tourists; a business meeting, such as business travelers; or change permanently, as immigrants. Beneath this plane, a ferry makes its way to its fated shoreline. In it there are also tourists, explorers and immigrants. But under the same sky, in some parts, there are few unfortunate people who are forcibly deporting their land to survive – the main struggle of human beings – commonly known as “refugees.”
First, my goal is to identify the general causes of immigration. Then, I reveal the bitter immigration-related reality before us, induced by none other than ourselves. The same reality is gradually instigating disorder among people and acts as an impediment to the progress of human civilization. Every threat, no matter how threatening, has a way out, without a doubt. In the same way, in the end, you will find me providing a humble solution to avoid the negative consequences of the immigration phenomenon. Now, as proposed, we begin by stating the basic reasons for immigration; personal, academic, financial and oppressive.
Human nature is innately drawn to the remarkable paraphernalia of life. Who knows that your next wish may be to find a superlative environment or a magnificent abode? These yearnings obviously require better environments. Better environments are found in wonderful but limited places in the world. A person normally pursues what his heart yearns for. Consequently, moving becomes an individual’s dream, the target of his dart. This can be interpreted as the personal reason for immigration. However, the decision to change for the mere fulfillment of your own wishes can be misjudged and generate deplorable consequences. So before committing to such a resolution, it would be a wise approach to carefully reconsider, over and over again, the possibilities of such action.
Academic goals are students’ short-term or long-term objectives related to educational success. Eventual success in an academic career means strength and ease in a financial career. A student with long-term academic ambitions can often strive for a higher education or enroll in a particular graduate or postgraduate institution. The probability of the presence of this institute in the vicinity of the residence is usually low, so the student is forced to move. The idea of relocating to update academic goals frames the academic reason for immigration. It is noteworthy, knowledge is power and acquiring it is the basic aspiration of every knowledge seeker. Therefore, knowledge-seeking adults may also decide to travel in search of a river of knowledge to quench their thirst.
Economists and governments are concerned about the improvement of their economy and their people, now more than ever. The economic benefits are the result of a fair economic struggle. An economic struggle is like planting a tree. The ecology of a land is sometimes not suitable for a specific plant or vice versa. The same is true of the struggle for livelihood. A specific economic struggle can fail for multiple reasons, both personal and collective. The smart solution is to change the surroundings. Is he economic reason for immigration to avoid meager supplies. However, there is the possibility of a wrong decision. So, immigration requires a deep analysis of the basic realities of the present and destined regions. Life can turn into financial chaos due to wrong migration.
Humans have existed interdependently since their appearance. Individuals have duties associated with their rights. Those who observe their duties fairly deserve concomitant rights. The malfunctioning of a society means overlooking social duties on the part of some people and thus an unfair contribution of due rights. The imbalance in duties and rights inevitably leads to social unrest. Disorder in a society, caused by power-hungry people, and chaos, engendered due to intergroup conflict, result in chronic oppression towards the common and direct masses. Consequently, the oppressed venture elsewhere to maintain their social status and live life with a sense of security and freedom of will. Sometimes when the situation is out of control, these people are forced into exile from their own land. This constitutes the oppressive, and our last reason for immigration.
We have talked about the pre-immigration phase, that is, the reasons for immigration. Now let’s look at what happens after the migration. Immigration is one of the most difficult struggles of human beings. After the course of the move, immigrants face demanding challenges in the destination region, both individually and collectively. It is the responsibility of the residents of a nation to create supportive conditions for every human being in their native region. Of course, that treatment is also expected for immigrants. Unfortunately, current facts and figures prove otherwise. The treatment of immigrants by governments, employers and the native population is a subject of continuous debate and criticism, and the violation of their human rights is a ongoing human crisis.
The history of humanity illustrates that the immigration process has been of great social, economic and cultural benefit for the states. For example, the intellectual strength of America / Europe is due to the brain drain of many less privileged or backward societies in the world. More than 100 immigrants have been awarded the Nobel Prize in the field of Chemistry, Medicine and Physics (1). In addition, the economic growth of America / Europe is due to the synergistic approach between 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 represent less than 15 percent of the population, skilled immigrants account for more than half of Silicon Valley’s startups and more than half of patents (2). Likewise, the strength of the Arab economy is due to the skilled or semi-skilled or unskilled working class of Pakistan, India and Bangladesh.
If this is correct, then why is the phenomenon of immigration producing the aforementioned “ongoing human crisis” instead of convincing everyone to consider it a blessing? Opponents of immigration argue that the continued decline in material resources and the ever-increasing growth of the local population are prime reasons for strict immigration regulations. It is the right of people already settled in a region to enjoy native resources. The argument is valid only if it gets the backing of global bodies like the UN and the International Organization for Migration (IOM). A partial or micro approach to migration runs counter to basic human rights. In addition, it encourages human trafficking and the massive exploitation of immigrants by natives.
Historically, due to constant and incessant time, the human race, period after period, branched out into multiple ethnic and topographic groups. Furthermore, until the principle of religious tolerance was developed, time constantly introduced religions that played the role of directing people. But by no means will we understand “differences”, be they racial, regional or religious, as a stimulus to criticism and disintegration. The bias of believing that one particular group is superior to the other runs counter to the concept of correct civilization. Selfish thoughts inclined to one’s group refer to ethnocentrism. The very narcissistic way of evaluating or belittling other groups, unfortunately, is becoming common day by day. The ethnocentrism of the natives, victimizing immigrants, also leads to the violation of the human rights of the latter.
The point here is to ask ourselves a question: if we all, at least at some point in our lives, believe in humanitarian thoughts of equality, integrity and openness, then why should we subject our thoughts to anthropological disparity over mere geographical disparity? , topographic and ethnic differences?
Massive opposition to the phenomenon of immigration prevents skilled immigrants from showing their full potential and thus hampers their productive struggle. In order to fully perceive the positive aspects of immigration and realize its social, economic and cultural benefits, let us change our thoughts to accept and modestly appreciate the phenomenon of immigration with a somewhat humble point of view. We can also establish open dialogues and activities between natives and immigrants more frequently. Hopefully this will bring growth to civilization by integrating the divided population!
People who travel in the air and propel themselves into the ocean, or those who wander hard in a crisis, are, deep down, looking towards their new land and waiting for a change for the better. Let us, individually and collectively, welcome them to our home region with open arms. Show avid dreamers, who once wanted to change personally, that their choice was not a mistake at all. Provide young knowledge seekers with optimal education and training facilities at the institute they have so desired. Show people in search of prolific economic backgrounds that they were wise in their decision to travel. And lastly, take away the pain from the pinched shoulders that moved just because there was no other option.
In short, the human ego and unsubstantiated assumptions have led some to take a bigoted view against the whole idea of immigration. This is, technically, clinging to the idols of bigotry. We, for the sake of our fellow immigrants, let us also carry out immigration. Unlike theirs, our immigration will be subjective but, to our surprise, beneficial to all civilization. This will be our humble thought immigration: from intolerance to openness!
Anderson, Stuart. “Immigrants Flooding America with Nobel Prizes”. Forbes. October 16, 2016.
Thompson, Laura. “A world in motion: the benefits of migration”. International migration organization. September 25, 2014.