The swirl of humanity across the globe has been a constant since ancient times.
In my little corner of the world, the traversings and re-travsersings of the Polynesians across the wide Pacific, travelling thousands of miles in their double hulled canoes , was a constant over hundreds of years , settling both inhabited and uninhabited islands .
In Eurasia and across Africa, the flow of humanity has ocurred for millennia. Our species has been wanderers from our first arrival on this planet as a specific primate species, as the International Organisation for Migration website attests.
Having said that, we know that wars and natural disasters create the necessity for families to flee to safer ground, and safer countries. In addition the gross discrepancies in living standards between various populations across the globe creates a drive for those who consider themselves disadvantaged to travel to more prosperous environments.
None of this would be unremarkable -indeed it is an obvious response for any human to move to a better place- we are indeed nomads on this planet. What makes it remarkable at this moment are the obvious drivers behind the disasters and impoverished societies of those immigrants; and the fact that most of those drivers are created by the very countries the immigrants want to migrate to!
The devastation of Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Syria – to name just a few of the countries bombarded by Western countries; predominantly the U.S., U.K., France , Italy, and to some degree Germany, with a few tag-alongs from other Western European and non-European western governments elsewhere, is the most significant cause for the huge influx of refugees and migrants from the Middle East into Europe. The decision by the West to support the anti-government groups in Syria prolonged what would likely have been a short but brutal war by the Syrian dictatorship against a few western oriented groups and many more salafist sunni extremist groups. The decision by the U.S., the U.K. France and its proxies in Turkey, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey (not to mention Israel) to actively fund arm and train these terrorist groups, has created a life of hell for much of the Syrian population. unfortunately for the population of Yemen, the sea and land blockades by Saudi forces and their “allies” means those desperate Yemen peoples have no chance of escape from the war hell imposed by the Gulf dictatorships.
It is likely that, just as in Iraq and Libya the creation of totally destabilized middle east territories with no central governing structure and ripe for total exploitation, was exactly the intent of these Western governments. Now the chickens have come home to roost. While we know Western “intelligence” agencies are in fact far from being “intelligent”, we can anticipate that, even they, after first seeing the catastrophe that Iraq has become as a result of Western sanctions and military intervention, would understand the implications of repeating that exact same process in Libya and Syria. It is a supremely beautiful but vicious irony that those impoverished and desperate people from those brutalized countries are now “invading” the West . Well, that is what mainstream media would have us believe. Recent reports query for instance why suddenly, previously safe refugees in Turkey are now fleeing that country to Europe.
What would seem a just response therefore, would be for those countries involved in the defilement of Middle Eastern countries through war and economic rapacity, to take a commensurate number of refugees into their countries based on their military input into the ravagement of those destroyed environments. The United States will of course have to take many millions of refugees, as will the U.K; followed next by France, the Gulf dictatorships and Israel and some of the other western counties like Canada , Australia and New Zealand.
The BBC link here, gives a more detailed graphical analysis of the source, the routes and European destinations of refugees.
In addition, those western corporations and their complicit governments that have despoiled the vulnerable economies and environments of Africa ad other developing countries around the globe , will make corresponding redress to those countries in the tangible form of infrastructure development, re-development of sustainable agriculture and the return of environments to their former natural states as directed by the populations of those developing countries.
Too much to ask?-