Migration News Digest

Week of November 28, 2011

Youth Movement
A Good.is infographic, based on a Gallup poll, trying to answer the question: “Where do the Young and Educated want to migrate?”.

The Coming Storm
Don Belt, in National Geographic on rising population figures and rising sea levels in Bangladesh.

“By 2050 millions of displaced people will overwhelm not just our limited land and resources but our government, our institutions, and our borders”

A Not-So-Straight Story
Franc Jacobs, in the NY Times’ blog on borders (‘Borderlines explores the global map, one line at a time’), on the US American-Canadian border.

“In the 1870s, Sioux fleeing the might of the United States Army provided the straight part of what is now sometimes known as “the longest undefended border in the world” with its most poetic epithet. Seeing how an invisible force seemed to stop the American cavalry dead in their tracks, they called that imperfectly demarcated boundary the Medicine Line.”

What I Learned by Being a Migrant Sex Worker, Part 1 and Part 2
Rhacel Salazar Parrenas, professor of sociology at the University of Southern California, publishes two excerpts from her book ‘Illicit Flirtations: Labor, Migration, and Sex Trafficking in Tokyo’.

Generally, sales determine a hostess’s treatment at the club. Proprietors do not hesitate to fire those with lackluster numbers. Entertainers who are fired are not necessarily sent back to the Philippines; they are likely to be placed at another club, which leaves them in a precarious, illegal immigration status. Clubs have no qualms about berating hostesses for poor sales performance.

The EU and migration: A Call for action
In an essay published by the Centre for European Reform, Charles Clarke, former Labour MP and Home Secretary,  argues for changes in the way the Union deals with migration.

The fact of migration is not in itself the problem. It is the illegality and the ineffective systems of governance and control that accompany it – which exist across much of Europe – that create the real difficulties. The most pertinent questions are: what immigration controls does Europe have in place? How are they to be enforced? Do they command the confidence of communities? And can they promote the balanced society with liberal values which we rightly desire? 

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