You are not going to stop immigration. Mass movements of people happen for a reason and until the reason is no longer a driver,the outward flow of people will continue. You might be able to slow it for a time,but you are not going to stop it.
Immigration,even if desired,places tremendous stress upon a society. If it happens too rapidly or with too massive a group,there is no adjustment period-you can only digest so much at a time.
The goal of an immigration policy should be to embrace and integrate new comers without negating their identity and yet manage the incoming numbers of immigrants so that society is not overwhelmed. Even having family move in - even having a child -all additions to the status quo causes change and adds stress - it might be a good stress,but it's still stress.
The problem comes when groups campaign to limit immigration because immigrants themselves are viewed as undesirable,particularly if specific populations of immigrants are targeted and policy is then massaged to cull this one specific group.
Racism without the racist label.
The dissatisfaction that showed itself with Brexit wasn't born with immigration. That anxiety was born out of a changing economic model that left whole swaths of communities stranded. And then those same communities got hit with the Conservatives' austerity program.
But it took UKIP leaders' steady whisper,"It's the foreigners,mate." that turned that unease into a racist campaign against all peoples outside of the Leavers' identity circle.
That negative focus glommed onto the EU as the culprit with it's open movement and it's influx of people from Europe into England looking for work. For someone who once felt they were a valued part of the winner's circle - even if they were sitting on a lower tier,they still belonged-it was hard to find they now were outside the gates -labeled "losers" at best and just forgotten at worse. And the rub of it, is that some of those who now sat in their former seats,came after they did -chosen over them,after all the hard work they felt they had invested in the team - to be marginalized for someone who hadn't had to pay their dues.
Many citizens, particularly those who have suffered under the economic pressures of globalization, express their anxiety over these changes by focusing on another form of change: foreigners in their midst. Halting immigration, even if the actual effect is to worsen their own economic situation, seems like a way of staving off those larger changes.
In other words, social change and economic stress — exactly what many pro-Brexit communities have been experiencing in recent years — often lead to a rise in anti-immigrant sentiment.
Globalization is not going away, and neither are the changes that it brings, including the rise in migration and the division of societies into economic winners and losers. The turmoil created by Brexit may itself become the source of more change, more stress, more instability. - NYT
So the Leavers voted against their own best interests because for at least a little while,once again they felt like they were part of the team and they belonged and everyone was on their side.
The problem is that those in power, the elite,have ignored the problems that the base are experiencing as a result of the changing world situation.
Neither globalization nor immigration can be stopped,but solutions to assist those who have felt themselves displaced by those changes, would help ease society in the transition.
Marc Rubio put it this way:
Globalization,this sense of a global economy, is having an impact around the world. The reality is that we have a new economy that is creating new jobs and the people that had jobs under the old economy are not the ones being hired under the new economy. All of this has created strain and friction all over the world. There is this sense around the world that we are too engaged in this global economy.
Given the dynamics that we live in today we can not isolate ourselves from global events. Whether we like it or not automation is going to happen,the nature of the economy is going to continue to change. You couldn't stop the industrial revolution,you are not going to be able to stop the 21 century economy.
But we have to be able to figure out how to benefit from it,not just be hurt by it. - Face the Nation
You have to figure out how to help those who feel left behind. You have to find a way to ease their transition into this new economy as much as possible or at least make sure their children have a path to success in the new economy. All anyone wants is to know that those in charge value them as members of society and are on their side.
Self interest blinds those in the power hierarchy to the needs of the very population they manipulate with the specter of immigration.
And the end result is a Brexit, to which apparently no leader who was advocating for the Leave vote,actually thought beyond ginning up the population against the idea of the EU and immigration.
So now what is their response?
Boris Johnson,the (totally unprepared) probable new Prime Minister,wrote a column in which he adopted the stance that the vote was all about the high principles of sovereignty. He repeated the refrain that we are a great nation and the lie that we will get all of the benefits of belonging to the EU and none of the downside. And if you believe all of that - he's got more where that came from.
Everything will be just as it was before - only better!!!!
In the meanwhile,in the EU:
EU governments have said that the Norway option would be the most feasible route for the UK.
But officials have privately expressed bewilderment at why the UK would go though a referendum, and a cumbersome negotiation, to ultimately end up in an arrangement that involves accepting most of the current rules and regulations, including freedom of movement, while still paying into the EU budget at similar levels to current net contributions but losing any chance to influence future rule-making.-BuzzFeed
And now there is a petition making the rounds to have the real drivers of this whole Shoot Ourselves in the Foot Campaign - the UKIP - all resign.
Finally - this is what real leadership does - real leaders unite the community,they look out for vulnerable populations,they let us know they are watching over all of us and that this is home for each and every one of us,not just the few.
And I say Amen.
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