Desperation makes them risk their lives – and many lose them

Earlier this month, I wrote an article titled “Why African migrants will flood the world over the next half-century“.  As if to highlight the sheer desperation for something – anything! – better that most migrants exhibit, the BBC has published a remarkable in-depth article about a young Ghanaian man who decided to try to document the risk, abuses and crimes faced by literally millions of would-be migrants as they journey through Africa on their way to the Mediterranean Sea and, hopefully, Europe.  It’s chillingly blunt about the dangers they face. Here’s a brief excerpt from a very long article. It was night when the

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Why African migrants will flood the world over the next half-century

CDR Salamander has an interesting series of charts about Africa at his blog.  They’re all factual, and I’ll leave you to read about them for yourself.  I’d like to highlight this one in particular.  (Click the image for a larger view.) The reasons for Africa’s pyramid-like population distribution and youthful population explosion are many, including (but not limited to): Improved medical care, which has greatly reduced child mortality and diminished the impact of traditional “killer” diseases like malaria, dengue and other fevers; The AIDS epidemic, which has killed many older Africans and disproportionately increased the ratio of young to old; Improved nutrition, particularly

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“Identity politics”: an existential threat to our society

I’ve been watching the growing rift in American society for years.  It’s particularly evident in larger cities, but it’s also happening in smaller towns and rural areas.  It’s a growing intolerance with those who hold different views, a refusal to admit that the “other side” might be right at least sometimes, a dogmatic insistence that it’s “our way or the highway” when it comes to politics, law enforcement, immigration, economics, whatever.  There’s less and less willingness to compromise.  Many commentators have begun to speak openly of the possibility of a new civil war.  For example, consider these articles: What Might

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Identity politics, tribes, and nations

Last week I called identity politics “an existential threat to our society“.  The article attracted quite a lot of interest, with some discussion on other blogs, and a number of comments, some of which were rather negative.  I think perhaps I didn’t elaborate enough on one aspect of the problem – hence this morning’s post. We give our loyalty to groups in an expanding hierarchy, or circle of influence, as it were.  The innermost circle are our families and closest confidants.  The second circle is those for and with whom we’re willing to stand under almost any circumstances.  I’d call

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Chain migration’s effect on one Pennsylvania town

City Journal recently published an in-depth article about the effect of chain migration on Hazelton, Pennsylvania.  It’s a startling and eye-opening piece of journalism.  Here’s a lengthy excerpt.  Bold, underlined text is my emphasis. With a population long dominated by the descendants of European immigrants, Hazleton has been radically transformed since the early 2000s by secondary chain migration, principally driven by Dominicans—immigrants, both legal and illegal, as well as second- and third-generation citizens arriving from the New York metropolitan area. In 2000, Hispanics made up less than 5 percent of Hazleton’s population; they now account for more than 50 percent.

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