22 March, 2014

MIGRANTS,IMMIGRANTS ARE NOT CITIZENS?

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Category: Discrimination, European Action Week, Racism
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ValentinaBy Valentina Auliso 

Should migrants have the right to receive health care? Should the children have the right to receive special help at school? Or, do they have the same right to live in a welfare state and benefit from social services as native born citizens?

For some people they do not and should not have these rights

And some people even believe if migrants are undocumented, that they aren’t even human.

 

WHO WE ARE TALKING ABOUT?

According to the official definition the term migrant can be understood as “any person who lives temporarily or permanently in a country where he or she was not born, and has acquired some significant social ties to this country.”

Immigrant is a person who comes to a country to live there.

For many “ordinary” citizens, migrants and immigrants are not at the same level as they are, especially if they are not registered. They believe they should not receive any kind of help or state or social benefit and they should go to back where they came from even if that place might be dangerous; it doesn’t matter. These people believe there is no space or funds for somebody who came in from a new territory looking for a decent life.

But what are the arguments of those who are strongly convinced that there are differences between them and those who didn’t have the chance to have a safe and fortunate life? Basically there are no specific reasons, no scientific answer on that, some people just might think they have the right to decide who can stay and who can’t just because they were born in that territory. HUNDREDS OF WAYS TO BLAME OUR POVERTY. Judging by the statsistics of new social security cards in Woodbridge Virginia, the problem is spreading all over the world. We need modern solutions to these challenges, not more of the same.

Political leaders are using these arguments a lot to raise popularity. They blame “those people” when there are not enough funds for the welfare state to assist citizens. As we are all aware about the power of persuasion, people agree with these populist slogans and rhetoric and they start to talk. These political figures use social media to increase the flow of such discriminatory language in order to make people angrier, as there are not reasons to be angry yet.

We are all living in difficult times (that’s what we were told since 2008 or even before..) and sometimes when our salary is cut, or children do not receive the same services and benefits as we and our parents had. When the entire social system does not respond to society, we usually do the game where we like to blame others – people who are different or weaker. Of course is not our neighbour’s fault who maybe didn’t pay his or her taxes, or even our own fault or our political representative. No! We always blame others.

It gives us more power, we feel more secure if we surround ourselves by people similar to us.

We point our finger and we generalise. At the end of the game, that is the easiest way.

 

FACTS

Aren’t people tired to hear these inconsistent reasons? Regarding political elections; If I have to choose my political representative I won’t choose somebody who campaigns based on blaming others; first this is not political, and second, this is not proposing any concrete plan of action!

What we often forget, is that OUR States all agreed on something called International Law; just to pick the most famous example which is well known; the Universal Declaration of Human Rights for instance specifies in Article 2 that:

“Everyone is entitled to all rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction (…) Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs (…). “

Moreover Article 25 says:

“Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control “

WHERE DO WE GO?

This is not criticism, it’s just stating some essential bases which help to regulate the world we live in, reflecting the fact that not everyone is a lawyer nor has the power to decide for who is what. Of course each State is free to regulate itself but what if one day we may end in a situation in which we are the “foreigners”? Then we don’t deserve the same as the one who regular live that territory, do we?

Too often we forget that there are hundreds of reasons why things happen, and we should all wait before get to our sentence.

The point however, is not “pointing” now (against) the finger to those recent facts of discrimination, we are not playing any games of who points better out reasons.

At the end, this is about being human; does this sound trivial? Maybe, but that is what the reality is.

We don’t choose where we are born, nor where we can get a better life, it just happens .If our main goal is to have better services, better answers, more civilization in our society, it would be much more productive to spend our energies and time to figure out which can be the best solution to all.

No one has to like everybody, but we, as citizens (that is how we call ourselves) should take care of those who temporarily can’t look after themselves.

And that is all, we go where we plan to go. We go where opinions are acceptable, but no more racism is because we are all part of the human race. It is already 2014…for how long will we have to hear again and again and again about discrimination??


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