Look round our planet and populations are on the move .Desperate people are trekking to a "promised land", where life is said to be better. Desperate people in those promised lands, feel overwhelmed, sympathy turns to resentment and anger. Immigration is going to increase as the climate changes will force people to move, immigration will increase as unchecked breeding swells populations to un -sustainable levels and people move to survive. If scientist are right and sea levels rise, whole expanses of previous productive land will be lost under water. Islands could disappear. river delta areas gone, putting huge populations in danger. Some immigration is due to conflict and this should be solvable but seemingly is not. We have religions fighting for dominance, and sects within religions bitterly fighting each other.
We have tried stopping immigration with obstacles both physical and abstract with little to no success. The tide of the desperate , the poor keeps coming. So what is to be done? there will always be some movement of people for various reasons and that is a good thing but can we reduce the endless tide of people, families? Broadly speaking the human animal is a creature of habit, of family, of culture. Most will not move if they cam have a reasonable decent life in their homeland. That is the key. Global communication means that a person living in a hut up a mountain in Africa, a mother in a remote Asian village or man eking a living on a sinking Pacific island see how people in rich countries live. They watch Western TV films and the people seem to live like princes, with no worries and not much work.Of cause they want some of that, don't we all?
I think we are going to pay one way or another no way out of this. We either pay out coping with a great influx of immigrants or we pay out making their lives better in their own countries. Do we need a world minimum wage for labour? Fair trade price for goods and raw materials,resources ? In the future we will have to include fresh water here too. The prices fixed by some international body, Guaranteed education for women, this will help limit family size. I have lost a great deal of the idealistic faith that I used to have in the UN, it either needs revitalizing or a new international forum with 'teeth' to enforce rulings. Sadly I'm not holding my breath on this one.
Yes......this does mean that our standard of living will not increase , we will watch poorer countries increase their standards however. I think too that we have limit the differential between the super rich and the poor, for the sake of stability and peace we have to restore a middle class in most Western countries. We all have to make ----greed---- unthinkable, a sin against mankind. Oops! I'm not allowed to say man-kind anymore, it has to be people kind? person kind, human- kind,take your pick!
Anyone with any other constructive ideas? please let us know, we all need to solve this problem.Recommend0 recommendationsPublished in