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The back door of Europe

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José Hernández
Do you follow the premise of do to others as you would have them do to you?

In most cases when we think of immigrants, we see it as a social problem, based on citizens from countries with social-political problems that have come to Europe in an illegal manner and even, in some cases, violently. Without denying the reality of most of these events, we can see the other side of the story.


There is a trained immigration departure from their countries of birth to other parts of Europe legally in search of new opportunities. Perhaps both sides of the coin are searched the same: improved quality of life compared to what it was in the home country. But despite this common point there are many differences between them.


In one hand, immigrants from underdeveloped countries, generally, have a low educational profile (with exceptions). They may know several languages ​​for the intrinsic need of their reality, and the situation in their country can be very serious, suffering the lack of human rights, war, etc.


On the other hand, we have migration from developing countries, mostly young people who have had the opportunity to have training under the aegis of a welfare society (many with higher education), but they haven’t gotten a real opportunity and they, therefore, move to other countries in which − despite the global crisis −there is a better socioeconomic situation.


Under the immigration context, we can consider several things:


The first is that if our own neighbours, developed countries, are already putting means of curbing trained and legal immigration, which is the future that waits for the immigrants from third countries with less training.


And the second is human rights and the need to provide shelter for people from countries with serious problems such as the wars or dictatorships.


Benefit the immigrant without looking colors, classes and backgrounds, but needs and alternatives can start from the society itself, instilling respect for others. At the end, if we had to emigrate is what we would like to find for ourselves. A very old premise is based on: “do to others as you would have them do to you".



Written by Eurodesk Qualified Multiplier, Ceuta