The 8 point strategy for better global migration- & refugee management.

by Christian Kurmann

Today more than 150 million people live outside their native countries unwillingly.

 

 

Many leave their homes because of violence and war, political and religious persecution, lack of employment, crop failure and famine, but most leave because of tremendous social inequality in their own countries. They flee seeking a safe and stable environment, better employment opportunities, better education for their children, or simply to have a better life. 

Today we know that in the 16th century, around 240,000 Europeans entered American ports.  Then with the Great Depression in the 1920s and the Second World War,over 50 million further people left Europe for the Americas for the same reasons – many entering the US to abide in a land where they felt ‘better off’. France built its best colony on a principle of exclusion and failed. The British Empire exploited and excluded its subservient and failed.

Whenever others migrated elsewhere, to many other parts of the world, and were terribly overwhelmed when they seized foreign lands. They struggled to get acquainted with a very different environment replete with local populations, tribes, casts, religions, classes and beliefs – and struggled to deal with and accept that people spoke a different language, practiced different rituals, and valued different customs and traditions which were not aligned with Western principles.

The colonisers chose no other way to deal with the unknown other than to suppress, dominate, manipulate and shape these communities into their model so they could reign over these lands.

We never really anticipated or comprehended and accepted that ‘cultural diversity’ could turn into a positive social, cultural, economic and political enrichment.

Rather, we took cold bloody advantage of people, undermining the status of other populations, humiliating them financially, keeping them desperately dependent so they suffered terribly, undertaking almost anything to be able to make a living. 

This begets a situation ripe for those who are less scrupulous to come in and exploit, a shameful mindset that has been ingrained in the Western mind and which unfortunately remains highly accepted. In fact, it was conceived to break humanity as part of a bigger plan that has been cultivated globally by European colonisers. It was a self-seeking and egoistic approach, still cultivated and widely celebrated around the world even today. Today it is the lack of equal opportunities and business models based on rent-seeking that most Fortune 500 companies apply to keep on the top. It’s a way of brutish survival: we increase our protection, authority, power and influence rather than adapt and learn from various populations and different mindsets through cooperation.

If we knew from the first place, - we would never protect global segregation, instead we question it. Until today we have failed to deal with our fear of outsiders, but rather continue protecting this old time psychological tendency.  We enter in a state of shock and trauma, giving us an overwhelming feeling. We believe it is perfectly okay to  humiliate others instead. Fearing others changes the way we perceive them, so we rate them with fewer human qualities. The circle of those we count as friends shrinks. This means those people outside that particular ‘circle’ receive less empathy and get fewer resources. People become vigilant and obsessed with determining who is an insider and who is not. The consequences are social aggression. 

Situations when people are being left out knowing that they weren’t even a simple thought in any people`s minds is the lowest psychosocial state.

Sometimes it is not always that important what we say, - but how we make others feel. Today exclusion is widely been cultivated across many industrialised countries – even it never leads towards a way forward on shared paths of freedom and justice. 

That is why stories about migrants and refugees committing crimes, stories about neighbours losing jobs to immigrants, and assertions that immigrants are not loyal to their adopted countries, are all extremely powerful – regardless of whether they are true or not. Once these stories are out in social media, this is enough to stir up the cycle of people thinking this way, shaping how people think about these ‘out-groups’. We become sensitive and gullible to anecdotes, more than to clear representational data.  Our minds have literarily evolved to think in mental shortcuts, leading us astray even in this modern age. 

No one is immune from fearing the threat of outsiders; however, a majority of the industrialised population regard themselves as ‘not prejudiced’ and liberal and accepting. Today we have a situation where 29 European countries show that the median number of immigrants — refugees, recent migrants, andlong-time foreign-born residents — is 12% of the overall population, according to a recent study. The proportion of immigrants in individual countries ranges from as high as 18.3% in Sweden to as low as 1.6% in Poland.

It is a fact that we experience an underlying antipathy in many European nations toward diversity and inclusiveness, and a lingering belief that Muslims and Africans wish to remain distinct and avoid becoming part of the broader national society. This is a mindset that will soon turn into a social and economic catastrophe for entire continent as we continue to refuse to embrace diversity and social inclusiveness. 

Continuing to protect and insist on core values and beliefs systems to the exclusion of others won’t make things any easier. Some still believe today that immigration was a tactic on a global scale to weaken a continent’s institutions! So it is very wrong to expect that we all can cultivate towards diversity and inclusiveness – rather we need to assist and learn from each other how to overcome fears and anxieties. However, - for many reasons, society is becoming more diverse in terms of culture, religion, gender-norms and lifestyle. Increased diversity will have an impact on social interaction and the integration of societies. Still, diversity is a political concern backed by the corporate world but, as yet, decision-making does not rest on a sufficient, sound basis of knowledge.Instead we must value diversity. An inclusive society eventually means that all citizens can become all that they can be.

With my travels I have noticed the happiest nations – are the ones that don’t have everything , but those which do the best of everything they have. So, if we can’t change their past, perhaps we can make tremendous contributions that it becomes easier for them and all of us who live a good life.

This means we need to promote “inclusiveness world-wide”, - making all people aware that citizenship is not about who you know the longest in the neighbourhood and where you lived the longest, - it is simply about a sense responsibility of welfare to others only then we will experience global social justice for one other. That is why inclusiveness leads towards the only safe and peaceful world, whether governments and society one day will accept and comprehend that their tactful and  vicious exclusion the way it is been currently cultivated in South Africa, Brazil, Colombia, Israel or Turkey will only lead to more social unrest and a unsafe live for many citizens. 

However, - today I see people who are migrants and refugees - who smile and have big dreams and still laugh a lot and realise how very happy they are,- that they were allowed to start a new life in a new land and they know that they are blessed what they have in their new home.

 

So how can we get out of this current situation?

Here is a 8 point strategy-mantra:


1.    Introduce “contemplation & stillness ” in all social- & organisational systems at work, in schools and universities as well as at work and societies, - because it has a direct link to overcoming fear and anxiety. We call it Theta Waves which is a predominant frequency when we relax and contemplate  and connect with other people and can best deal with the unknown – it strengthens people`s immune system and increases sub-consciousness and intuition.

2.    Directing direct engagement with migrants & refugees  and local community and cultivate cultural exchanges: public open-discussions, cultural-exchange events.

3.    Educate societies about the need for inclusiveness and diversity, and strength inclusiveness for migrants and refugees, -making this a social mantra across each country, -  followed by a global rating linked to economic significance brining more accessible and effective remedies for the protection of human rights.

4.    Cultivating nation-wide talent-search and mentor inclusiveness and diversity, - promoting the right to participation with the aim of empowering migrants, refugees and the local workforce, working together in mutual projects.

5.    Create a foreign investment plan under the consideration of human right approach to inclusion and freedom to invest in “overseas-social entrepreneurship” projects in the countries of origin of migrants and refugees. This means migrants and refugees together  with the help of local community establish value-driven projects preventing the influx of more migration and refugees in industrialised countries.

6.    Make  “inclusive leadership” compulsory of any graduate programs at all universities and vocational- & technical” schools.

7.    Introduce the “ inclusiveness and diversity quality standard, - IDQS “a must to have” label for all F500 companies , family- & mid-sized companies. A quality standard that is being revised every year. This rating becomes significant and mandatory for all trades with domestic and international businesses, that requests a certain percentage of migrants & refugees to work together with the local workforce.

8.    Introduce a world-wide “migration- & refugee financial exchange fund program” with domestic companies in migration countries to cultivate a new learning environment support by migrants & refugees of the industrialised country. This includes apprenticeships, mentoring programmes and technical schools across over 400 different jobs and occupations. This is to boost talent-& development and special skills development of the local community in migrants countries in Africa, Asia & South America and exchange programs with companies and institutions in industrialised countries. 

 
 

 
Edvinas Grisinas