Migration – a Mexican perspective

As a Mexican research student at the University of Bristol, I can’t help comparing the current European migration crisis with the Mexican- US migration phenomenon. According to official government records, approximately 11,600,000 Mexicans have emigrated to the US, almost 8% of our entire current population. Nowadays about 30,000,000 people in the US have Mexican roots (SRE, 2015). Among few questions that would be interesting to reflect on: why have they left? In what conditions? How have the been greeted? What consequences does this generate?

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Some responses to these questions could be very similar to answers given by middle east refugees; lack of security, jobs, education, personal integrity, economical stability, food, future, etc. After reflecting on these issues, I consider that many Mexican emigrants are forced into an auto-exile, given our social, political, and economical conditions; what could also be considered as an economic war waged through looting policies on the poorest of the Mexican people.

Many migrants risk their lives on a daily basis, nevertheless they continue on embracing the ultimate sacrifice, some of them succeed, some of them don’t. Whether it’s a civil war or an economical war, exile is not fortuitous, and the desolation that it causes is unjustifiable. Nobody should be forces to leave the place the call home.

 

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I consider it pertinent to share the words of Eduardo Galeano, who claimed that Wars Always Lie;
No war has the honesty to confess; I kill so that I can steal. Wars always invoke noble motives: they kill in the name of peace, in the name of civilisation, the name of progress, of democracy. And, if so many lies weren’t enough, the media is always ready to invent imaginary enemies to justify converting the world into a grand lunatic asylum and an immense slaughterhouse. (Galeano, 2009, p. 1)
These words could help us see the world differently, and to denunciate what is clearly tearing apart the world’s soul; families.

 

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Editor’s Note: Dr Israel Moreno is currently working on his second doctorate in the Centre for Globalisation, Education & Social Futures, Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol. He’s interested in exploring how neoliberal related policies are affecting teachers’ leadership capacity. Before coming to Bristol, Israel conducted research on social representations in teacher education, leadership development in the phase of teacher training, and leadership development in teacher promotion in Mexico.

All images by Israel Moreno