Breaking News: 'There Is No Migrant Crisis'

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There’s just one problem: There is no such crisis.

“A right that only exists for the rich it not a right at all.”
—Alex Scrivener, Global Justice Now

“What we call a ‘migrant crisis,’ is actually a crisis of global injustice caused by war, poverty, and inequality,” said Global Justice Now director Nick Dearden, introducing a new briefing that draws attention to the multiple crises that are actually forcing people to relocate and calls for “free movement for everyone.”

Published Monday, the briefing—Migrant Crisis or Poverty Crisis? Why Free Movement is Vital in the Battle for Global Justice (pdf)—lays blame at the feet of overlapping root causes including:

  • Poverty and economic inequality;
  • War and conflict;
  • Climate change;
  • Unfair trade deals; and
  • Colonialism, “or at least the long term legacy of it.”

“Framing the increased flow of people fleeing war and poverty as a ‘migrant crisis’ misses the point,” the document reads. “It assumes that it is the arrival of these people, rather than the situations they are trying to escape, that is the problem.”

In turn, cracking down on the migrants themselves is “not the solution,” Global Justice Now declares.

“Rich countries, with the help of the highly profitable security industry, have tried their best to use cruel migration controls, fences, walls and even guns to force people to accept lives of violence and destitution,” the briefing says. “This is not the solution. No matter how high the walls of Fortress Europe become, the only way to solve this problem is to deal with its root causes.”

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