Something that is foundational to our very world is the movement of people from one place to another. The US was largely populated because people chose to move here and spread out. Yes, it would be populated if just the Indigenous people who lived here when the settlers got here, but I doubt that it would be as populated if the settlers hadn’t shown up. Then there was the really big event of Ellis Island and the almost 12 million people who came through to NY and NJ, something that’s been memorialized in songs and movies. Today people still come to the US wanting to live here, some going through many risks to get here. And this story isn’t one that’s unique to the US, it happens in countries around the world.
The news lately has been talking a lot about the movement of people in different parts of the world, including to the US and the other day I heard someone comment about how they bet that people wished the wall (between the US and Mexico) had been further along/finished based on some of the recent events. It got me thinking about the movement of people, and to some degree I think it’s natural for people to move to live in different places around the world, whether for work or family. But what we’ve been hearing in the news is about people fleeing where they live, which means there’s something not right.
And that’s what the world isn’t talking about, what countries don’t seem to be concerned about. Yes, it’s an issue that people are disrespectful of a country’s borders and the legal process to enter a country. But the bigger issue is that people are desperate to leave a country. Those countries that many citizens flee from each year need to sit up and have a serious discussion about what’s so wrong with them that people are willing to take their own lives in their hands to escape to another country. Every country doesn’t have to look the same or act the same or even have the same governmental structure, but if they want to have people to support them financially, they have to do something to keep them there, other than the use of force at the borders.
It’s really a quality of life question. No, we don’t all have to have the status or economic impact of China or France or the US any of the other world powers. We don’t all have to live on mansions on 3.5 acres. We don’t all have to have millions in our bank accounts. We don’t all have to be high profile celebrities. But if every country truly cared and invested even a little more in the physical, mental and emotional health and well being of their people, more people would be willing to live in their countries and more countries would have more resources to do more for their people. It would be a positive, upward spiral instead of the downward spiral that some countries seem to be on.