Anti-immigrant laws are on the rise on Europe and the USA

In some Western countries, anti-immigrant and xenophobic sentiments start at the top. The Daily Vox team rounds up a few states with problematic anti-immigrant laws.

1. Italy
Italy is the latest country to come up with an anti-immigrant policy. The Italian interior ministry has created a code of conduct for NGOs operating rescue ships on the Mediterranean Sea which aid groups say could endanger lives. It proposes that rescue ships disembark survivors at a place of safety instead of transferring them to other ships. This means it would take longer to conduct rescue missions, putting many people’s lives at risk. Rescue ships will also require police officers to be on board the rescue ships to collect evidence from the rescued passengers. Several NGOs, including Doctors Without Borders (MSF), Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have raised concerns about the effects these will have on rescue missions and the safety of the immigrants.

2. United States of America
Donald Trump espoused anti-immigrant rhetoric long before he even became president. A new Republican proposal aims to cut legal immigration to the United States by half within a decade, by limiting the ability of American citizens and legal residents to bring family members into the country. The proposed plan would put in place a merit system to decide who should be admitted to the country and granted legal residency. The system will favour applicants based on their skills, education and language ability instead of looking at whether they have relatives already in the US.

3. Denmark
In 2016, Denmark cemented itself as one of the least attractive places for refugees to go. The Danish government signed a bill that would give authorities the power to seize assets from migrants and asylum-seekers to fund the migrants’ subsistence in the country. Assets exceeding $1 450 (R 19 380) would be seized. Social benefits were also cut for refugees and asylum-seekers, while the government said pork had to be placed on municipal menus including at schools and daycares. This was criticised for targeting Muslim refugees coming into the country.

4. Hungary
In February this year, Hungary joined the list of countries which have established strict measures to stop the flow of asylum seekers and refugees across its borders. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán introduced measures to hold immigrants in detention “shelters” indefinitely. This was also seen as a means to prevent immigrants from traveling freely within Europe. The prime minister’s proposal means those who entered Hungary illegally, even if they were fleeing for their lives, would be kept in government camps and banned from moving freely within Hungary until their immigration status was resolved.

Several other European countries, such as France, Belgium and Norway, which have have banned the burqa and veil for Muslim women, also have laws that make it extremely difficult for immigrants to express themselves freely. These laws, along with general anti-immigrant sentiments in these countries, send a clear messages to refugees, especially from African and Middle Eastern countries, that they are not welcome in the West.

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  1. Nat Soc says

    Isn’t it against good journalism to not be biased? You can clearly tell by the article Ms. Moosa’s jimmies are orbiting the red white and blue with salt

  2. Henry Price Jr. says

    comrades illusion is over we now are witnessing truth of western civilization. If we are to survive plus develop to a modern criteria minimum living of Live Well we need draft multifaceted Buntu development agenda plus hold to it. A Buntu agenda will help us eliminate selfishness that for hundreds of years have been imbedded plus nurtured by colonialists to extent far to many Buntu are have not perceive it exist. Selfishness lead us to prefer devising business dealing with foreigner instead of qualified Buntu. Buntu agenda obligate us to develop qualified Buntu professionals by way of education, training plus business interaction with those professionals with goal of having widespread cost efficient access to essentials of modern living well.

    It is not within western civilization nature to help us develop to degree needed essentials of a Live Well society. If it was to do so it would be eliminating those available to its exploitation. Western civilization only eliminate those open to its exploitation when it view those open to western civilization exploitation will do it on their own plus uncover malice of western civilization. What is ongoing with immigration is western civilization attempt to preserve its malicious acts by slowing down Buntu ability to modernly plus efficiently develop its nations. Secret to overcoming this condition is to identify selfishness especially of Buntu leaders plus eliminate that selfishness which hinder development. We must be careful to distinguish selfishness from good business practice. Good business practice will develop plus include capable Buntu at every condition they are able to fulfill in a competent plus cost efficient manner. Western civilization have a deeply imbedded problem with Buntu not being totally reliant upon it. However, those few “puppet” to Europe Buntu leaders we possess are hindering Buntu development sensing that they will stay in power if they are puppets to foreigners. In short their selfishness instill under teachings of colonialism is leading them to destroy their Buntu people. Where necessary Buntu people will duly rise up to prevent selfish leaders from destroying us.
    In dealing with restrictive immigration policies of western civilization Buntu should apply In Kind response method which is they have done as they want to do concerning us immigrating to them thus we should do as we like concerning members of western civilization immigrating to Buntu nations.
    Immigration is a distraction major key for western civilization now is energy plus renewal energy development. Western civilization is waging much of its future on renewable energy thus in places like United States fracking for oil is at a furious pace despite all damage fracking is doing to under ground water supplies. United States is getting all value it is capable of getting out of oil before renewable sources of energy receive dominating use plus many African nations will be left to using oil they produce. Unfortunately those nations have not as a group developed processing facilities that will allow them to cost efficiently use that oil. If we are to prevent major development problems Buntu Africa should develop as a group facilities which process oil in every way including products of plastic. It is in our live well plus survival best interest not to mention there is much money to be made while keeping oil related Buntu produced products at low cost. It is time for Buntu living conditions to rise plus we will not allow malice of western civilization to slow us down or stop us. Very much sincere, Henry Price Jr. aka Obediah Buntu IL-Khan aka Kankan.

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