(Ad Astra: To the Stars (and Stripes)) All of this is nothing new for the average blue-collar worker you see every day. The same one about whose ethnicity you always wonder. However, many of his compatriots aren’t as lucky as to land a proper job. Most of them didn’t even make the journey.

They don’t travel; they are transported. Like cattle, waiting to be led into a life of exploitation and misery. Dignity is something they forsake long before they even embark on this journey. The grueling journey begins soon after, a journey that will break them; physically- maybe. Mentally- almost certainly.

With all the outpouring of sympathies and the strengthening of resolves to make the places said migrants come from worth staying in, the very phenomenon of this mass migration is becoming more and more of a pertinent question by the day. And becoming more of a blot on every policy formulated to this effect.

More often than not, the migrants think they are stepping into a life of comfortable excess as compared to what they came from. However, they place at the far end of the social order, living in conditions that aren’t as much of a step up from what they came from. Virtually every country in the world is getting affect by this crime, whether as an origin, transit or destination country for smuggled migrants by profit-seeking criminals, which is why they try their best to reduce official immigration. However, the number of in-migrants remains the same.

Now, instead of working towards sending them back, work should be put in on making the conditions in their homelands hospitable and make them feel at home, where they have come.

After all, a nation is of its people: immigrants or otherwise.

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