Those who benefit from migration and globalisation should share the benefits with those bearing the brunt of its effects
Conversations about migration tend to be driven by self-described “realists” focused on the negative effects of migration and who want to adjust, stop and sometimes even reverse migratory flows and apologists, often cosmopolitan by virtue of privilege, who don’t have to see or feel the negative effects of mass-immigration up and close. Those conversations, overwhelmingly about immigration rather than emigration, tend to miss half the story.
I have been going to Davos, home of the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting, in various capacities for a decade now. For years, its motto—“Committed to improving the state of the world”—rang like a symphony to my ears. I sincerely believed that globalization was not only unstoppable but inherently desirable; not just for the few, but for the many.