Globalisation - Unfinished Business: Labouring Abroad

Immigrant workers are largely unwelcome in the wealthy west – unless, that is, they do jobs westerners have no taste for. But controls on workers’ access make a mockery of globalisation and may carry more serious dangers too.

The World Today Updated 21 October 2020 Published 1 January 2003 4 minute READ

Brigitte Granville

Whether it’s deaths in the back of a crossborder van or seeking asylum in a church in Calais, the barriers to the entry of immigrants are an insult not only to the 1951 Geneva Convention but to the values that the west and especially Europe stands for. Globalisation is first of all about international flows and these not only include goods and capital but, most important of all, people.

At huge expense the rich nations have created immigration controls which are not only a direct drain on the taxpayer, but also the indirect source of the death of ‘enlightened’ Europe. With their lack of courage, European governments are presiding over the emergence of the reign of the geriatrics with their fears, rigidities and costly terminal diseases.

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