“Immigrants in the Sun” – What a Pain in the Arse

Sorry for the lack of posts recently, I’ve been overcome with essay/exams. I should be revising the Ottoman Empire at the minute but I’d rather have a rant on here. I just wanted to share a short post with you tonight regarding an article I came across in the Independent yesterday. The article can be found here if you fancy a quick read before you carry on down the page : http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/british-tourists-complain-impoverished-boat-migrants-are-making-holidays-awkward-in-kos-10281398.html?fb_action_ids=10153432839257318&fb_action_types=og.shares

We fellow Brits have a renowned reputation for being culturally ignorant bordering on arrogance when travelling abroad. Every year in the summer months we flock in our thousands to some of the most scenic areas of the Mediterranean, temporarily transferring the British civilisation to the European coast – Spain exemplifies this procession where Brits congregate in khans, and sit in the 32° heat with a fry-up and a can of Fosters entirely excluded from the local custom. And we love it.

Yet, why do we hypocritically have the right to bitch about how our favourite tourist destinations are becoming a ‘refugee camp’ – to quote. We have essentially colonised some of these coastal towns with our own English culture and so we are the last people who should be bickering about migrants sleeping on benches along the coast – we aren’t even residents of these countries, so if anyone should be moaning, it should be the locals. And I bet they already spent enough time moaning about British tourism anyway.

Funnily enough, these remarks were sent into the Daily Mail which epitomises the shallowness and the ignorance of these individuals – they must obviously be gifted with a profound intelligence which has passionately driven them to make such relevant, and intellectual commentaries on immigration. (For the non-British readers, the Daily Mail is a newspaper thriving on scare-mongering and the victimisation of certain societal groups at the expense of the wider community. A quick google of Katie Hopkins which shine some light on the sorts of material in the paper).

Maybe we should just let them sink, and then there wouldn’t be an issue over them spoiling our picturesque view.

Where is the consideration for the regimes these people are running from. Believe it or not, sleeping on a bench in Kos may actually be a God-sent sanctuary away from the repression faced in their native countries. Why aren’t these culturally wise individuals writing to comment on the failure of Western aid in progressing the democratic liberties or advancing the socio-economic framework of the sub-Saharan and African nations which these people are fleeing from? The European political system is what these individuals aspire towards, and there is a much bigger picture way beyond your “dirty and messy resort”.

Migrants were integral to post-war Britain’s recovery, and the same can be said for the rest of Europe. These migrants work in our factories and contribute to our economy, and to dismiss them with such callous remarks is to disregard our own history and the present state of Europe.

From the BBC: The UN estimates that 60,000 people have tried to cross the Mediterranean this year
From the BBC: The UN estimates that 60,000 people have tried to cross the Mediterranean this year
Jamaican migrants to Britain, 1948
Jamaican migrants to Britain, 1948

Don’t be so quick to judge; you may be employing these people some day. Unless you are a xenophobic admirer of the Daily Mail.

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