Looks like the world doesn’t want migrants
Globalisation fascinates me and probably Axinia knows this because she sent me this very interesting report on global trade immigration. 45,000 people in 47 countries were surveyed and one of the questions that people were asked was whether immigration should be further restricted and controlled.
In democratic countries we all talk of free trade and free markets but there are always dissenters. And it’s not just in countries like India where democracy may have found roots but the shadow of socialism hovers…
There are dissenters even in the free market countries and while one keeps reading of this, I had no idea that such a large percentage of people from developed markets like the, Britain and Canada were against immigration, assuming ofcourse that this report has thrown up real trends. The reasons given in the report are that economies in the developed countries are slowing down and people are seeing immigration as a threat.
Take a look at this:
An overwhelming majority of those living in Italy, Spain, Britain, France, Argentina, Spain, Chile…gosh I’m naming almost all the countries aren’t I…well, they don’t want immigrants and it looks like it doesn’t matter whether the country is rich or poor.Peru and Sweden are slightly different, with less people against immigration. But although a large section of the people in these two countries are not in favour of controlling immigration, even here the majority does wants it controlled.
The next group: Countries from Eastern Europe and the Middle East:
It’s the same story. The majority of citizens from these countries want restrictions to be placed on immigration. The only region which has the majority disagreeing is the Palestine region.
The next group: Some Asian countries.
Except for China and Japan and South Korea, the rest have a huge majority which wants to restrict entry of migrants. South Korea seems to stand out as a glaring example of a country where the majority favour immigration. I am not sure why Japan and South Korea are not against immigration but the logical conclusion could be that they don’t have enough migrants. In contrast to say Britain and the United States.
Indians don’t favour immigration and in India it’s the illegal immigrants from Bangladesh that we are worried about. Many countries have this porous border problem but the developed countries are more worried about the legal immigration which their government encourages. Each country will have it’s own unique reason for it’s attitude to immigrants and if anyone can add to this post by sharing with readers why immigrants are not wanted in their country, please do!
Interestingly, the US government’s policies are changing, in keeping with popular sentiment An article in the March 17-23 issue of the The Economist talks about how America’s immigration policy is “demonising foreigners”. This is in contrast to what Australia, Canada, Britain and Germany are doing. But will these countries go the US way gradually? After all they are democracies and if there is strong opposition at home, some restrictions might have to be brought in. These doesn’t bode too well for the future of globalisation as these countries, being democractic, will vote in politicians who accede to their wishes.
A more positive scenario is if politicians and the governments can convince people of the benefits of globalisation. It’s a tough task as a person who feels that he is going to lose his job because of a foreign worker will not be willing to think in macro terms. At the end of the day we are all human!