Poverty And Problems: Migration And Immigration

As I have introduced in previous blog posts, poverty is the root cause of many social problems and ills. That’s why I want to post a series of blog posts about poverty and its effects on people and society. And in the first blog post, one of the topics that are receiving great attention from everyone is migration and immigration.

According to Wikipedia’s definition, human migration is “the movement of people from one place to another with intentions of settling, permanently or temporarily, at a new location, often occurring over long distances and from one country to another”. I think the main reason for this migration and immigration phenomenon is that these migrants have difficulty in their current place of residence and want to find a better life.

Annual Net Migration Rate 2015–2020. Prediction by UN in 2019.

This is understandable, especially in poor countries where the economy and education are both underdeveloped. People have difficulty making a living to survive or feed their families, therefore, many people have turned to labor export as a form of “life-changing”. I think this is not a complete thought because labor export creates job opportunities for many poor people as well as helps them learn and improve their skills in developed countries.

However, it also leads to another serious problem: illegal immigration. Many people have sought to evade visas, governments, and businesses to stay in the country illegally. It is this that has seriously affected the countries themselves, which is part of the reason why the attitudes of the major countries have become more stringent in recent years to prevent this phenomenon from happening.

Illegal immigration leads to an increase in the poverty and unemployment rates of the country’s population, and these immigrants themselves deprive legitimate citizens of their country of employment opportunities. The country will have to carry the burden of immigrants and deduct taxpayers’ money to take care of these people’s lives.

Not just immigration, illegal migration is even more dangerous. Many families trapped in poverty, in debt, or in a constant war in the developing world have despair and found the only path they believe can make them “one step to heaven”, or change their lives and become well off is illegal migration. Over the years, a series of boats, ships, or freight cars have been arrested for illegally moving across Europe.

In 2019, 39 Vietnamese people were found dead in a shipping container in Grays industrial park in Essex County, about 32 km from London, after being brought from the port of Zeebrugge – Belgium. All 39 were illegal immigrants and died from a combination of hypoxia and hyperthermia from overheating in an enclosed space after being in a container for a long time during illegally entering this country.

The container carried 39 illegal immigrants in the UK in 2019. Photo: AP

In this article, I will not make any political views or discuss whether these “life-changing” paths are right or wrong, I just want to warn and emphasize immigration and illegal immigration cause a lot of consequences that we cannot foresee, even death. There are thousands of boats and ships carrying illegal immigrants that sink every month and every year at sea and so many that it is impossible to count them all.

After many serious cases as well as the deaths of immigrants around the world, there has been a series of fierce controversies between countries, politicians, and people about how immigration and emigration should be received in big countries like Europe, America.

I think every country and politician is allowed to make political views or laws that are most helpful to their country and people. And each person stands in a different perspective, so it is difficult to assess whether the immigration and migration policies of countries are humane or not, right or wrong.

Instead, countries should focus on addressing the root cause of the problem, which is the difficulty and poverty that people face while living in their country, so that they don’t have to look for an opportunity to become rich in other countries. If citizens have difficulties in life, they should try calling for help from the government, people around them or if they intend to export labor or migrate abroad, I hope they will do it legally to avoid all the bad situations that may happen to them.

At Project Sprouts, we realize that we can not solve all the problems of poverty in a situation like this. But we can seek to make a difference in the lives of needy children by giving them school supplies and encouraging them to continue their education; we can give them winter coats, boots, and blankets to help them stay warm during the cold winter months.

Project Sprouts would love to have you be a part of our community and help us to help worthy children in North Vietnam. We cannot solve all the world’s problems, but we can do our part to help poor kids grow by giving school supplies, winter coats, boots, and other supplies.

You can find out more about Project Sprouts by clicking here or going to our give now page to donate by clicking here. As we are a grassroots organization, all funds go to help those in need.

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Huong Nhi Nguyen

I am Huong Nhi, and my favorite things are reading books, listening to some pop music, or just relaxing under the sunlight and enjoying the day. Writing may sound a little bit boring, but when you start it, you cannot escape from the feeling of being addicted to it without stopping. My favorite quote is “In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer” by Albert Camus.

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