The world is witnessing an immigration crisis and countries are restricting entry by coming up with tough policies to make their borders safer. This has resulted in migrants, particularly refugees being subjected to discrimination, exploitation, and abuse. The freedom of movement is no more.
Chandran Kukathas highlighted in his article, ‘Immigration and Freedom’ – “to restrict migration is to restrict freedom, for it means limiting the liberty of people to move – whether by denying them the right to leave their countries or regions or forbidding them to enter a country or a city or a territory.”
The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs stated that the process of obtaining refugee status has become very much complicated. In fact, it has become more difficult to find countries that are willing to receive refugees. Immigration has become controversial.
The Policy Times looks at some of the worst policies that countries have come up with:
- Switzerland’s BLACK SHEEP LAW – The Swiss People’s Party anti-Muslim stance also brought about a tough immigration law, that allows the Swiss Government to deport convicted criminals from other countries as well as their family members. The UN came down hard on Swiss People’s Party when they distributed an infamous poster which had three white sheep kicking out a black sheep with a caption ‘For More Security’.
- The Final Draft of NRC Delegitimizes 40 Lakh Citizens
- New Visa Programme: UK to Launch ‘Startup Visa for Entrepreneurs
- US Visa: More Than Three-Fourths of Indians are Waiting for Green Cards
- Israel is threatening African migrants out
- Japan Nikkei Law – Passed in 2009, through the law, the government would pay $3,000 to each unemployed Latin American immigrant of Japanese descent (Nikkei in Japanese) and $2,000 to each of the unemployed worker’s family members to return to their country of origin. Indirectly, this law prohibited the workers from going to Japan!
- Austria Red-White – Red Card – The red-white-red card grants residence based on the skills of incoming workers and the shortages in the Austrian labor market. Only 11 professions qualify for this.
- Thailand – The law has made it necessary for immigrants to prove their nationalities and have them verified by their home countries. If they don’t abide, they can face deportation.
- Australia – As per the 1958 Migration Act, non-citizens without proper visas are detained and removed (sent back to their country).
Meanwhile, Hungary, the central European country has passed the anti-immigrant ‘Stop Soros’ laws. The Guardian has reported that “the law criminalizes any individual or group that offers to help an illegal immigrant claim asylum.” Hungary has also come up with the new immigration surtax that imposes 25 percent levy on activities that assists immigration. According to AP, “the strong anti-immigration policy affects all programs, actions, and activities which directly or indirectly aim to promote immigration, including networking, media campaigns, education activities and activities showing immigration in a positive light.”
Sadly, as millions of refugees seek safe abodes, countries are shutting their doors on them. Where will these refugees go? Who will give them shelter? Humanity is dying a fast death.