Irregular migration is unsafe. We all know this – we’ve seen press articles about migrant deaths at sea, starvation, thirst. We have read stories about smugglers who abuse migrants as well, traffickers who engage in exploitation, migrants who get lost in the desert.
Migration is the world’s next major crisis – there is an influx of people at the gates, hordes of refugees and migrants are waiting in poor and war torn countries, and our society will be permanently altered by immigrants.
Or so the media would have you believe.
The reality is far less dramatic. In fact, after listening to or reading all the media hype about migration, an analysis of the numbers is … well … an anti-climax. An incredible letdown.
Migrant smuggling is in the news. Governments are taking urgent action, smugglers are abusing laws, companies like Facebook are cracking down. Smugglers are associated with deaths, abuses, violation; they are charged, detained, deported. All the news, in short, is bad, and, to judge by the headlines, smugglers have committed crimes and deserve the worst possible prohibitions.
Everyone has heard of Donald Trump’s so-called wall (or is it a fence? Or is it solar panel farm?). Most people also know that Trump’s wall is the latest in a long line of attempts to restrict movement using physical barriers – the Great Wall of China was constructed to keep out the Mongol hordes, Hadrian’s wall was built to keep out the barbarians.