The Issue of Immigration – How I Helped My Relatives See the Bigger Picture

I recently had a conversation with some of my relatives about the current issue and consequences of (mass) immigration.

I can’t really recall how the topic came up, we were just having a lovely dinner together. But it is no secret that there are a lot of people out there who are left frustrated about the state of current politics, not least those relating to immigration and the policies surrounding.

Many people in general do not normally talk much about these issues in public, but whenever the topic of immigration, integration or criminal activity as a result of these comes up in a discussion around the dinner table, many often vent their frustration. They talk about the latest news, how the suburbs are left in chaos and how immigrants fail to adapt and are expected to be supported financially without being met with any demands in return.

I’m sure this sounds familiar to many of you.

At this point in time, many people feel they have “had enough”. They feel betrayed by the establishment. They feel lied to by mass media and they feel frustrated that they can’t speak openly about these issues (at least not without being demonised and risking losing their personal security).

In a nutshell – they always arrive at the conclusion that “things have gone too far”.

This is why we are seeing atypical political developments in the West today. This is why Trump is the next president of the U.S. and why so many so called “far-right parties” have won election after election in Europe and continue to grow.

People have had it.

Realising it was wrong to begin with

Although they have every right to feel frustrated, having the mindset that “things have gone too far” or that “immigrants need to assimilate in order for things to work out” or “immigration just needs to be decreased” is not really the way to go.

I also use to think this way. I used to get upset over the fact that the authorities are afraid to enter “no-go areas”. Like many others, I used to complain about gypsy/Romani people begging around every corner and I could (and still do) understand why so many were afraid to go out alone late at night.

Naturally, I thought that things had gone too far, but as I thought more about it, I began to arrive at the conclusion that the problem was not that things had necessarily gone too far, but that the core issue was that original policies and attitudes towards immigration were wrong to begin with.

All of these issues that people tend to complain about – they are all symptoms and truthfully, it could all have been avoided if we hadn’t had these policies to begin with. After all, if we never decided to start having open borders and to let just about anyone enter our countries, we would not have the problems that we see today.

We need to start seeing the bigger picture.

Seeing the bigger picture

The problem isn’t that we have chaos in the suburbs, that Third Worlders won’t adapt or that crime rates are high. At least these are not the main problems. What is happening demographically is much more important than that. We are on our way to becoming minorities in our own countries, strangers in our own lands. That has to stop.

We have lived with this situation and way of thinking for so long, we all take it for granted that these policies are normal and indisputable. People don’t question whether we should have immigration or not (even if they oppose it). They just tell themselves and others around them that “it has gone too far”, like it would be okay as long as it didn’t happen as fast or as abruptly.

People like to argue that the reason we have immigration to begin with is to help people. But no one stops to ask how we are helping the Third World by taking their best and brightest.

No one seems to question why Third Worlders are crossing half the globe to enter our countries for “sanctuary” when there are dozens of other countries they are passing through to get here that could provide adequate living accommodation. Nor do they question why they are allowed to stay here permanently regardless of whether there is the ongoing wars in their homelands are actually still ongoing…

Nobody points out the ironic contradiction that people who are saying that it would be inhumane to let them return to their homelands are indirectly demonising the whole Third World.

If we wanted to help people, there are plenty of ways of doing that without having open borders and letting everyone stay here permanently.

Once I explained all of this to my relatives, and highlighted the moral aspect of what is happening, they suddenly began to realise for the first time that all the things they thought had gone too far actually were wrong to begin with and they started to see the bigger picture.

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Mikael Ternedahl

Awesome article! It’s based, clear and easy to follow and read.

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