Monday, 16 December 2019

Immigrants and Global Exclusion

International migration as an expression of inequality and global exclusion

It can hardly be thought that the world of today is governed by a desire for justice and the values of respect and procuring a decent life for all people. What de facto is imposed is the idea of the production of wealth and its accumulation in a few hands, at all costs and regardless of human damages. There is the dramatic and undeniable eloquence of tens of millions of forced migrants and refugees who have been forgotten.

International migration as an expression of inequality and global exclusion

It can hardly be thought that the world of today is governed by a desire for justice and the values of respect and procuring a decent life for all people. What de facto is imposed is the idea of the production of wealth and its accumulation in a few hands, at all costs and regardless of human damages. There is the dramatic and undeniable eloquence of tens of millions of forced migrants and refugees who have been forgotten.

With neoliberal globalization, which has spread throughout the planet, not only have the flows of goods and information increased, but also the processes of accumulation of money and capital have accelerated, and economic integration has been materialized in several regions. Globalization has boosted trade exchanges, but far from encouraging the free market to allow a broad process of redistribution that would bring greater benefits to the majority of the world's population, it has led to an alarming concentration of wealth and a substantial increase in inequality.

According to one of the latest OXFAM reports, rewarding work and not wealth (2018), a small minority of around 1% of the world's population accounts for half of the planet's wealth and in recent years this trend has It has increased, growing inequality and the overwhelming and abysmal gap between levels of development and living conditions among a small group of hyper billionaires and hundreds of millions of people sunk in misery and barely survive. The current inequality is a massive and rapacious machinery for the generation of poverty and injustice.

Despite the selectivity of the borders, which allow the passage of goods and articles and a selective flow of people, international migration - undocumented and documented - has increased steadily in recent decades. The UN estimates that there are approximately 258 million migrants and that the growth trend of these processes of cross-border human mobility has been accelerating in recent years, increasing the number of migrants in 49% of 2000 to the present day. Migrants went from being 2.8% of the world population at the beginning of the 2000s to 3.4% at present. In addition, approximately just under 25% of the nearly 25 million human beings coerced into forced labor are migrants. Likewise, according to the report Making migration work for all (2018) of the UN, although men are the majority of migrants, women already represent 48% of this group. A clear reflection of the combination of exclusion, violence and forced migration are the almost 26 million people seeking refuge and asylum in the

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