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Silly Season

Have been very busy all week, indeed too busy to blog until today, a day when so far I've done nothing remotely interesting enough to report on. On that basis I could do what newspapers do in August, write something really silly or make something up, but then don't some of them do that all the time. However what I am going to do is to go back into the last couple of days.

Spent Monday at an International Cities of Migration conference. I was speaking in the morning session but stayed to listen to the afternoon sessions, one on migrants and the media, the other on the economic ( almost entirely positive ) impact of migration. What's happening in Arizona and their draconian anti-immigration measures came up, measures even more remarkable because of course if you removed all illegal or descendants of illegal immigrants from Arizona, the only people left would be the native Americans. It's also worth noting that the world's biggest economy is one that is and has historically been one hundred per cent dependent on immigration, not all of it voluntary. I was also struck that we are increasingly moving into an era where people born in one country will live and work in a number of countries over their lifetime. More or less what people used to do before countries where invented. Was going to add bits about Tuesday and Wednesday but think I'll leave that until tomorrow because I'm not doing anything particularly interesting then either ( going to London and already looking forward to the return journey ).


There are 6 responses to “Silly Season”

  1. Squidge Says:

    You make an interesting point about the draconian anti-immigration laws in Arizona. Surely the laws are so harsh because Arizona is a gateway between South America and North America, therefore making it one of the few states that guards the USA from those areas where the volume of illegal immigrants is greatest.

  2. Dave Bishop Says:

    I must say that, in one sense, the fact that we now share this city with so many people, with such a variety of ethnic backgrounds, is a good thing. Most people seem to get on OK - which is a great improvement over some of the attitudes that prevailed in the past.
    Nevertheless, some of the most marvellous experiences of my life have involved travelling to other parts of the world and learning about other cultures. If the world becomes completely globalised and homogenised, aren't we in danger of losing much of this diversity? And isn't there also a danger that skilled people from poorer parts of the world will gravitate to the richer parts leaving the poorer parts even more impoverished?
    I suppose that what I'm really saying is that there's more to human life than 'economic growth'.

  3. Ian Says:

    Having a pop at Arizona is a bit rich, they have elected leaders that are doing the job that the people elected them for.
    How if we were to remove everyone that has came into the UK who would be left but the pure celts. To go back to who was in a area first is not the way to move forward. We in europe are no different with us keeping out Africian migrants instad of mexican we are no differnt than the US.

  4. Richard Leese Says:

    The Celts were immigrants too

  5. Irritated Says:

    Yet again, Sir Richard, you entirely miss the point. Shock.

  6. Squidge Says:

    Mr Leese, am I correct in thinking that you believe migration, whether illegal or not, is an entirely positive thing? What about criminals escaping from one country to commit crimes in another? What about the devastating impact of human trafficking? Are you saying that we should open our borders to everyone, with no border checks or system of processing individuals, in the hope that this will have a positive effect on the economy?



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