There’s something ironic, as well as very scary, in Jacqueline Bhabha’s latest book on the migration crisis.
- Friday, 29 June 2018
A lecturer at Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health, author Jacqueline Bhabha, who has always been very involved in the protection of human rights and the plight of migrants in particular, has just published a volume that goes straight to the heart, but from an analytical viewpoint. The question Bhabha asks is included in the book’s title: Can We Solve the Migration Crisis? Good question, can we find a solution even if these are forced migrations? The answer is yes.
And this is the ironic part. In Italy, Germany, Poland and Austria, ideologies are taking root that are against migration and migrants. However, Bhabha says that every single emergency can be handled. A very strong sense of humanity surfaces in the book when it describes the extreme situations that force 24 people a minute, as Bhabha explains, to seek a new home, far from war, poverty and an uncertain future. Up to now 65 million people have had to flee from their homes. And thinking of solving this biblical migration crises with the use of force is not only hopeless but also counterproductive – both for their society and ours.
Inclusive integration is the solution, while hate and repression will only fuel negative sentiments, partly because, as Bhabha reminds us, we have all been emigrants or immigrants. And this is the very aspect that has made the global and interconnected world we know live in so strong.