Our global system promotes the free movement of capital, yet it prevents the free movement of people to follow that capital, which concentrates itself behind tightly controlled borders while the hungry look in, their appetites whetted by satellite TV images of the consumer wealth they are denied. Wouldn’t you jump a train or hide in a lorry for a chance to live on the other side of that border? I know I would.
Every time you go to a restaurant, or stay in a hotel, or walk over a clean floor in a public building, you may be feeling the benefits of “economic migration”. If you don’t like Them coming Here, the solution isn’t to chuck them in prison, but to redistribute global wealth so they don’t have to. Only desperate people travel thousands of miles from home to clean toilets.
AboutThis is an unfocused catch-all personal blog written by a South African environmental journalist living in Cape Town. My professional blog is Leaves of language.
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