Immigration: the solution is in the sustainable, human and endogenous development

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

What terrible things we are consenting!

The "democratic" Europe, Europe of the human rights -described in 2000 in one of the most precise and precious “Charters”- the “developed” and prosperous Europe ... looking the other way. Europe that a few years ago was an example of cooperation, solidarity, support ... is now reticent, even reaching xenophobia. The Europe of the markets has forgotten the "democratic principles" that were so lucidly enshrined in the Constitution of UNESCO at the end of the great Second War.

The Europe of tax havens, of short-termism, of production delocalization, of greed of the wealthiest ... and, close to it, obedient countries that a few years ago seemed  to understand that the refoundation of a multilateral democratic System was crucial... but finally they knelt down under the immense pressure of the great neoliberal powers.

Spain, which caused so much immigration in times of the Real Estate "bubble" (without regularization by those who considered it only as “workforce”)  has the bright idea now of placing sharper objects on fences! And ask for 45 million Euros to Europe to raise them and make them more hurtful and inaccessible with the “razor wires”.

This is not the solution. The solution is development; a great development plan. I remember those years when the United Nations program for development, with the words "com-partir (to  share)" and "co-operate", expected that the world could progressively achieve a peaceful coexistence focused on the equal dignity for all human beings

The World Bank has a surname:  “for cooperation and development”.  But everything changed and cooperation was replaced by exploitation and democracy by plutocracy, ethical values by stock-markets and an economy of global sustainable human development by an economy of speculation, productive delocalization and war (I never tire repeating that every day more than 3 billion dollars are spent on weapons and military expenditure while there are thousands of people starving, most of them children from one to five years).

Look into the eyes of those who manage to "jump" into Europe through Ceuta and Melilla. Or to those trying to enter through Lampedusa ... They are not people who have chosen , in the present world situation, “to take a trip across Europe”. If they try to access the EU is because they are starving, because they live in extreme poverty, because they survive in inhuman conditions.

Minister: do not ask 45 million Euros to close even more entries. Spain and the most prosperous countries of Europe must give development aid up to "all human beings equal in dignity" in order not being forced to leave their country. Oh, and do not say "it is because there is no money"! It was already said by the richest of the Earth in 2000, when the United Nations proposed the Millennium Development Goals. "There is no money." There was no money for AIDS (8,000 million dollars a year, the same amount spent on weapons in 2-3 days).  There was no money for a wide world food plan (40-60 billion dollars, which is invested in half a month, as maximum, in security ...of 20% of humanity that is living in the prosperous neighborhood of global village).

If it is true that, as just announced OXFAM, 85 persons accumulate wealth at the equivalent of half of humanity (3,300 million of human beings) ... there is no doubt that the solution is not asking for 45 million Euros but strengthen the means of peaceful coexistence worldwide. Give up at once the ridiculous groups G6, G7, G8, G20 ... and join, unite all States, especially those who still have some democratic conviction, to offer less somber horizons to all young people of the world.

I also recommend reading the Earth Charter, the Preamble and Article 1 of the Constitution of UNESCO ... instead of trusting solely on the reports of economic institutions, and especially of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, that has removed the reference to development from its "surname".

Especially when they have given millions of Euros for the bank recover, and because  at the beginning they built Europe through the roof, with a monetary Union without previous economic and political union, inequalities widen rather than reducing.

The xenophobic Europe which does not implement its excellent Chart of Human Rights of year 2000 and does not provide relevant development grants, should not have the symbol in Spain of “razor fences” but the promotion of human development, starting with those countries living in absolute hopelessness.