Why Not Stay And Build Our Own Countries?

Why don’t peo­ple who emi­grate stay in their own coun­try and cre­ate the coun­try they want to live in”?
Whichever way you look at this ques­tion it has legit­i­ma­cy. And so as an Immigrant myself, I too have strug­gled with this ques­tion…
I want­ed to explore the sub­ject out­side the default response that every­one wants a bet­ter life.
Sure, every­one wants a bet­ter life but some peo­ple who are not wealthy or well to do,-do have the abil­i­ty to emi­grate and they some­times opt not to.
Does that make them patri­ots for decid­ing not to leave, and does it make peo­ple like me who decid­ed that enough was enough, trai­tors to our coun­try of birth?

I have giv­en this sub­ject some thought, and I must con­fess that I do not have an answer to this ques­tion. Life is short, peo­ple have fam­i­lies to whom they are com­mit­ted, they want to give their chil­dren a good edu­ca­tion so they may com­pete in this ever-chang­ing world in which we live.
It seems to me that in many cas­es peo­ple emi­grate for those rea­sons rather than the mis­con­cep­tion that peo­ple do so because they are seek­ing wealth. (not that any­thing is wrong with chas­ing wealth in my opin­ion)
For the most part, emi­grat­ing to anoth­er coun­try means liv­ing in a rel­a­tive shad­ow, being treat­ed, not as (sec­ond ‑class cit­i­zens) as some have sug­gest­ed, but as alien crea­tures from anoth­er world, the word “cit­i­zen” does not come into the pic­ture at all.
This is not true in all cas­es, but the black-white racial dynam­ic makes the fore­gone an ever-present real­i­ty.

More than 400 died try­ing to make it to the USA last year, accord­ing to the United Nations’ migra­tion agency. Why do they risk their lives and the pos­si­bil­i­ty of being sep­a­rat­ed from fam­i­ly?
As I allud­ed to in the pre­vi­ous para­graph, peo­ple leav­ing their home coun­tries today are not doing so because they are chas­ing wealth as explained by Sofia Martinez, a Guatemala-based ana­lyst for the International Crisis Group, “It’s about escap­ing a death sen­tence.”
“This isn’t about immi­grants chas­ing the American dream any­more.“
As it is in South and Latin America a region that encom­pass­es the Caribbean, vio­lence and the resul­tant eco­nom­ic chaos has been a cat­a­lyst for mass migra­tion of peo­ple to oth­er shores.

Violence and war across the Middle East and Africa as well as in Latin and South America have not only cre­at­ed eco­nom­ic chal­lenges for those regions it has also cre­at­ed envi­ron­men­tal chal­lenges as well.
The move­ment of peo­ple to oth­er coun­tries does not always mean that peo­ple are always seek­ing to emi­grate to Europe or North America.
As we have seen over the years peo­ple will move from their hor­rid sit­u­a­tion to one that is far from per­fect, and from which many peo­ple have fled and would flee giv­en a chance.
Many Haitians have moved from Haiti to Jamaica and oth­er Islands in the Caribbean.
Many peo­ple have fled Syria to oth­er mid­dle east­ern coun­tries. Many have fled vio­lence in Sudan to oth­er African nations and so on.

The les­son to be learned it seems, is that peo­ple are will­ing to stay in their coun­try of ori­gin if there are peace and safe­ty. This has been true for all of record­ed his­to­ry.
The chal­lenge in all of this is that where there is cor­rupt and weak lead­er­ship few­er and few­er peo­ple are will­ing to risk their entire lives wait­ing for their gov­ern­ment to stand up to the forces which cre­ate unsafe envi­ron­ments, to begin with.
As we have seen in regions through­out the world, whether we agree with the meth­ods uti­lized or not, where gov­ern­ments find a way to pro­tect their cit­i­zens, no-one is break­ing down the doors to leave.

The New York Times Nicholas Kristof wrote in 2012; Generations of Americans have learned to pity Africa. It’s main­ly seen as a quag­mire of famine and geno­cide, a des­ti­na­tion only for a sybarit­ic safari or a masochis­tic aid mis­sion. So here’s anoth­er way to think of Africa: an eco­nom­ic dynamo. Is it time to pre­pare for the African tiger econ­o­my? Six of the world’s 10 fastest-grow­ing economies between 2001 and 2010 were in Africa, accord­ing to The Economist. The International Monetary Fund says that between 2011 and 2015, African coun­tries will account for 7 of the top 10 spots.
There is a new dynamism across the African con­ti­nent with the excep­tion of a few sore spots, peo­ple are not run­ning away as they did before.
In fact, nations like Ghana, Rwanda, and oth­ers have sim­ply rolled out the red car­pet to peo­ple of African ances­try, and oth­ers to come to Africa and set­tle.

Conversely, Doctors with­out bor­ders have report­ed that every year, an esti­mat­ed 500,000 peo­ple from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras flee extreme vio­lence and head north through Mexico to find safe­ty. The high lev­els of vio­lence in the region, known as the Northern Triangle of Central America (NTCA), are com­pa­ra­ble to that in war zones where MSF has worked for decades.
The coun­tries of the NTCA have long been bur­dened by deep social inequal­i­ty, polit­i­cal insta­bil­i­ty, and con­flict — and in some cas­es have been fur­ther desta­bi­lized by US inter­ven­tions in the region over the past 40 years. Now, these coun­tries are also con­tend­ing with the rapid expan­sion of transna­tion­al orga­nized crime, which has explod­ed over the past decade. Across this region, drug and human traf­fick­ing by crim­i­nal groups known as maras, cou­pled with wide­spread cor­rup­tion and weak law enforce­ment, have result­ed in an envi­ron­ment where civil­ians face the ever-present threat of vio­lence.

Back in our own coun­try of Jamaica, both the gov­ern­ment and the peo­ple would do well to under­stand these trend lines and stop play­ing games with those who would ren­der our coun­try a bat­tle­field waste­land.
The bul­let-points in Doctors with­out bor­ders reports are already a prob­lem in our coun­try. Drug & human-traf­fick­ing, deep social inequal­i­ty, polit­i­cal insta­bil­i­ty as always been there, though some­what less a prob­lem today than it was three decades ago. , And desta­bi­liza­tion by US inter­ven­tions in the region over the past 40 years has not gone away.

Mike Beckles is a for­mer Jamaican police Detective cor­po­ral, a busi­ness own­er, avid researcher, and blog­ger. 
He is a black achiev­er hon­oree, and pub­lish­er of the blog chatt​-​a​-box​.com. 
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