Greetings, in the second article of our series on human movement across the globe, we look at the notion of xenophobia. Disturbingly, this only seems to affect one race:  Brown people. When it’s brown people migratitig it’s viewed negatively with some fear, whether it’s for economic, political or fear of persecution due to ethnic, religious or cultural reasons. They are often called refugees.  When it’s the other way around, white migrants, especially those that move for economic reasons are called Expatiots. The naming of such groups goes a long way with how they are treated in the host country.  When war broke out in Ukraine, a lot of European countries opened up their borders and even homes to those fleeing, but with the war in DRC, no African countries have welcomed the displaced. Another example is how the border issue with Mexico is such a political issue in the USA, even influencing presidential outcomes. The situation in Gaza is different, as they are ‘internally’ displaced people (refuges) in their own land who actually don’t want to leave. This is a different topic. These issues need to be interrogated and discussed.

Migration is a natural phenomenon that has been occurring throughout human history. People have always moved from one place to another in search of better opportunities, safety, or a better quality of life. However, in recent years, migration has become a highly contentious issue, with many people expressing fear and hostility towards migrants, leading to xenophobia.

Xenophobia is the fear or hatred of foreigners or people from different cultures. It often manifests as discrimination, prejudice, or violence towards migrants. Xenophobia is fueled by a variety of factors, including economic insecurity, cultural differences, and political rhetoric. In many cases, migrants are blamed for taking jobs, straining public services, or threatening national identity.

One of the main reasons for the rise in xenophobia is the perception that migrants are a threat to the host country’s economy. Many people believe that migrants take jobs away from native-born citizens, drive down wages, and strain public services. However, research has shown that migrants actually contribute to the economy by filling labor shortages, paying taxes, and starting businesses. In fact, many countries rely on migrant labor to sustain their economies.

Cultural differences also play a role in fueling xenophobia. Some people fear that migrants will not assimilate into their host country’s culture, leading to social tensions and conflicts. However, cultural diversity can enrich societies by bringing new perspectives, ideas, and traditions. It is important to recognize and celebrate the contributions that migrants make to their host countries.

Political rhetoric also plays a significant role in promoting xenophobia. Politicians often use anti-immigrant sentiment to rally support and scapegoat migrants for social problems. This divisive rhetoric can create a hostile environment for migrants and perpetuate negative stereotypes.

It is important to address xenophobia and promote tolerance and understanding towards migrants. Education and awareness campaigns can help dispel myths and stereotypes about migrants and highlight the benefits of migration. Policies that promote integration and inclusion can also help foster social cohesion and reduce tensions between migrants and host communities.

Migration is a natural and inevitable part of human society. Xenophobia, on the other hand, is a destructive and harmful attitude that can lead to discrimination and violence. It is important to challenge xenophobia and promote a more inclusive and welcoming society for all. By recognizing the contributions that migrants make to their host countries and promoting tolerance and understanding, we can create a more harmonious and prosperous society for everyone. In the following installment, I will explore how migrants have contributed to economic growth and cultural diversity around the globe.