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Each week on TestTubePlus, we pick one topic and cover it from multiple angles. This week's subject is immigration. Over the course of this series, we're going to dig super-deep into the idea of immigration and how it affects basically everything. So far, Trace has explored where the concept of citizenship came from, what the difference between migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers are, what happens when countries are hostile towards immigrants, and what happens to countries that open their borders to immigrants. In the final episode, he looks at what "total globalization" might actually look like.
Globalization is a complicated issue. On the plus side, it represents the potential to make the world a better place by helping to fix unemployment and poverty. Free trade promotes global economic growth by creating jobs and making companies more competitive. It lowers prices for consumers and provides poor countries the chance to develop economically through infusions of foreign capital and technology and by spreading prosperity and Improving living conditions around the world.
On the other hand, some critics of globalization say it mades the rich richer while making the poor poorer. It's supposed to be about free trade elimination of barriers, but there are still value added taxes (VATs) on imports as high as 21.6 percent in Europe. Developed countries lose jobs to lower cost countries and workers in developed countries like the U.S. face pay-cut demands from employers who threaten to export jobs. Globalization can cause unfair working conditions, and some developing countries show little concern for the environment.
The evidence seems to point to the fact that immigration benefits everyone, but only when it's done right. We can't just throw open the gates and let people go where they will because it can be too volatile and certain safeguards should in place. But what right do we have to deny anyone access to the opportunities of a better life? Don't we owe it to humanity to take of the sick, poor, and impoverished? Herein lies the root of the immigration problem--not necessarily economics or even xenophobia and prejudice. People will always move around. The debate needs to continue and shift as our global needs change.
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US immigration legislation online (library.uwb.edu/)
"This act helped those individuals who were victims of persecution by the Nazi government or who were fleeing persecution, and someone who could not go back to their country because of fear of persecution based on race, religion or political opinions. This act dealt directly with Germany, Austria, and Italy, the French sector of either Berlin or Vienna or the American or British Zone and a native of Czechoslovakia."
Citizenship (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)
"A citizen is a member of a political community who enjoys the rights and assumes the duties of membership. This broad definition is discernible, with minor variations, in the works of contemporary authors as well as in the entry "citoyen" in Diderot's and d'Alembert's Encyclopédie."
Thomas Hobbes Biography (Biography.com)
"Thomas Hobbes, an English philosopher in the 17th century, was best known for his book Leviathan (1651) and his political views on society."