MIGRATION AND STATEHOOD

Throughout the world these days, the situation of statehood and migration constantly causes confusion. In some developed countries you have to pay when you now apply for citizenship. In Britain , one would pay around  250,000 pounds so as to ensure your statehood, and be interviewed by Immigration to  examine your background wherever you may have originated.  Needless to say, should you be born a British Commonwealth Citizen,  you would not be able to get any preferential consideration regarding British citizenship  at this time. European countries have the same rules, a payment  in consideration of statehood, or some capital investment.

 

Matters have gone awry between  the Dominican Republic, and Haiti, though both countries have common backgrounds, and are situated on the same island. The Dominican Republic has a Spanish Background, and  Haiti  is  French. There have been times of open conflict  between  the two nations;  a recent (1937) Haitian massacre, “el corte”,  was an effort by Raphael Truhillo the dictator of D. R. to annihilate the Haitians, and to “create  a more homogenised country”; Twenty thousand Haitians were said slaughtered  in that clearly racial incident. Yet more died after the massacre, from hunger and disease.  The strange matter is that no mass graves, or mass burial sites, have been located thus far. Up to this time, Haitians seek employment  on the sugar lands of the Dominican Republic.

 

A significant number of Haitians  were born in Santo  Domingo.  Recently  the D.R. Government decided that any Haitian  child born after 1929 would be considered Haitian in status, and will not have any claim against the D.R., and this has caused a furore which has mushroomed  into the entire Caribbean. (Thomas Zayac, Active History)

In Saudi Arabia, there is major confusion in the status of illegal immigrants, though these workers have been  working in the Construction sector for some time.

A large number of migrants have lived in Saudi Arabia for years. In other countries a time of ten, twenty, forty years would entitle the worker to citizenship.  Some of these persons are considered as Saudis, but they are not legal. They originated  in  Bangladesh, India,  Shri Lanka and Pakistan.   African countries are also involved,   Ethiopia, and Egypt  are two. Many of these workers have Islam as their religion. They have worked under great pressure, and deserve a proper statehood status, or be compensated in some other way. Now the Saudis want them out, back to their original countries.

Saudi Arabia is a wealthy Country which has oil wells at its disposal, and much of the labour  has been used to create this wealth and infrastructure.  Without the Oil the Saudis may  have had to look for work  and likely to  be migrants in other countries.

Those deprived of the chance of a proper life can understand the feeling of those wanting to seek a better life.

Now there is the situation with the USA and its Latino neighbours, which  made the news last week at a demonstration in Washington D.C,, near to the Senate. Latinos are wondering whether Immigration laws will undergo changes as promised.

A commitment has been made by the president of the USA to honour his promise to revise the immigration laws, especially where it involves Mexican-Latino Labourers who have worked many years in the Country; a commitment which applies to their children born in the USA and going to various schools. Although the Republican Leadership agreed to support the move three years ago, to-day they are not able to sign off the legislation in the lower House.( Newsmax)They prefer a slower step, one day at a time whatever that means. Frankly I cannot envisage a commitment given, a promise made by a president, which is about to be frustrated. Renege of a promise at this level, is unheard of in this day and age.

I recall when this matter was being considered, some ten million illegal immigrants were implicated.

This scene occurs all over the world, in many countries, some   significant. and  some violent.( 669 words)

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