Migration or Salvation?

In my understanding people migrate because of various reasons, but what I do not understand is when one forgets how blessed they are having being born in this country. When I heard one guy once saying to my dear friend ”go back home”, I became angry. When some people think they have the right to speak in such a manner with complete ignorance, when one has never had to think about leaving their home country, when one does not see beyond a person’s skin color, when one forgets how priviledged they are etc.

Clearly this racist guy needed to educate himself.

According to justiceforimmigrants.org: The root cause for migration are push and pull factors, the push factors meaning why people would want to leave their home country and pull factors meaning why people would want to come to a new country. In migration push and pull factor can be various. Below is a picture explaining what these reasons are:

Picture: https://justiceforimmigrants.org/what-we-are-working-on/immigration/root-causes-of-migration/

What we can understand from this picture is people do not necessarily want to come to Finland because it’s warm and lovely weather, but rather they are fleeing from problems in their home countries. They want human dignity, they want matters that we might take for granted. The idea of refugees or immigrants being ”a white man’s burden” has to perish.

My ancestors had to flee their home country Palestine and as a result I was born here and have been living in this country for nearly 30 years. Am I a refugee or an immigrant? No. Do I sometimes feel like an immigrant? Yes, absolutely.

I personally know refugees who have witnessed the death of their loved ones infront of their eyes, they have literally seen their father shot to death. How dare some people in this country be mean or racist!?
In this country there is a serious problem of lack of knowledge, lack of humanity, lack of this and that, but I end this post with a beautiful quote by Pope Francis:

”Migrants and refugees are not pawns on the chessboard of humanity. They are children, women and men who leave or who are forced to leave their homes for various reasons, who share a legitimate desire for knowing and having, but above all for being more.

-Pope Francis, World Day of Migrants and Refugees (2014)

Picture: https://images.app.goo.gl/Nm4ppGmQGj8fBS6g6


Justice for Immigrants. 2019. Accessed 24.11.2019.

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