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Migration and borders

Who sets the rules? Is there a "super power" that decides on the credit of one or the debit of the other regarding migration accounting? But above all, what kind of migrations are we talking about

Thus, contrary to what some rare prophets advocate: an exit from a closed society, an internal and external migration, a journey to the eternal abode…, most current preachers, be they political, social, economic, media, cultural or faith-based preachers, seem to decide what is good for "others": the famous "migrants", who should be asked to "integrate", in the image and likeness of "us". You have crossed one border: you now have to cross another one, the border of "integration"; how sterile are those border games!

Whereas, in fact, none of these decision-makers (who make decisions for others) seem to be able to say what it means, in terms of a "definition". Admittedly, international bodies (UNESCO, IOM) or various (often national) associations (working on whose behalf?) set out some quantitative and even statistical approaches: but what basis do these "definitions" represent, qualitatively? Who can grant themselves the "lasting" right to cast a title on others: "you will henceforth be a “migrant” who must “integrate”" (what a paradox!). How long and why? A very difficult question to answer, isn’t it?

Similarly, what about borders? Certainly, here too, History, for instance in its moments of violence, war, conquests, seemed, here and there, to inquire about the construction of borders with natural and cultural foundations. Who knows what is appropriate for others when I, my tribe, my community, my nation decide to seize lands and thus to set new (earthly or heavenly) borders? Who could have an honest heart to tell us what is behind "borders"? Of course, this is not about a lack of "political" or "historical" realism (in the sense of wanting to break down borders in the name of some so-called "migration justice"); the idea is to question the absence of a consensual and definitively pacifying reality through the generations, spaces and times (if possible) of these said borders. In fact, which borders are we talking about for which territories (a word that is now widely used, just like "transition" or "sustainability": but by whom and for whom?)?

Two additional remarks: what do spiritual or religious traditions tell us about this? What do we think about the invasion of technology and the media, or even of finance or monetary or supra-monetary economies, among others, in our "post-human" days?

So, is there still a possible space-territory devoid of a predefined exercise of power where the issue of humanity that unites my borders to my migration can be thought about calmly, in the sense that we are all migrants and especially that we all live out of borders, but not only of those that some decision-makers (for others) would like to make impassable (except for them).

In short, welcome to Josefa to think differently about our borders and migrations, both temporal and spiritual, natural and cultural; provided that these categories do not themselves create borders for our migrations.

Last modified on Wednesday, 11 December 2019 10:26
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