Tribute to the other
As elections approach the issue of emigration-immigration is resumed.
I do not understand why people are so stressed about immigration …
The definition of emigration would be something like: Emigration is to leave the place of origin to settle in another state or place, especially for economic or social causes. It is part of the broader population migrations, which include both emigration (exit of people from one place or country to settle elsewhere) and immigration (people from other places) concept.
Almost the entire history of mankind is the history of migration. As they say, assuming that Homo erectus appeared in Africa, the rest of the world’s populationis is, technically, descended from African immigrants.
When someone changes his/her place where he lives it is because it will be for the better, and what one leaves behind is usually a poor economic situation (and health, safety, etc.) or a violent situation (family, religious or structural problems or war).
Even the “ex pats” (expatriate) from “rich” countries that go to developing countries will do so only because they will earn about 10 times their salary. And there is a service industry that is organized around them which are delivered free by the company: exclusive ghettos with private security, international schools for the children, cleaning services, churches from the countries of origin, you name it…. The company privileges are there to”compensate “for accepting the individual changing the place of living for an underdeveloped place ….
There are several religions that usually give a general explanation of many population movements. For example, the Judeo-Christian tradition tells us in the first book of the Pentateuch (the five books of the Old Testament) the expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden (in Genesis), which could be considered the first in the history of emigration humanity, and also refers to the flight of the Jewish people from Egypt in the Exodus led by Moses, emigrated in search of the Promised Land. Islam begins with the Hegira or flight of Mohammed 622 of our era (precisely the word Hijra Arabic for emigration). And the Muslim expansion was mainly due to the preaching of the holy war by the Muslim sultans, this expansion involving millions of people in Asia, Africa and Europe.
In ancient times many mass emigration for religious reasons or religious wars happened.
And in modern times, many of the massive emigration obeyed to religiously motivated expulsions, such as the expulsion of the Sephardic Jews and the Moors in the kingdom of Spain in 1492.
The countries with more immigration today are those belonging to the so called First World and developed countries, although in other historical periods were Asians who emigrated to other continents in search of a better life and long before, Africans and Asians for centuries and even thousands of years, sought new places to settle other continents.
So I’ll make my special tribute to thank and apologize. Thanks for all the inputs that have helped change things in Europe. Forgiveness (as I am a white EU citizen) for all that Europe has done elsewhere: South America, North America, Africa, Asia, North Pole, South Pole, Australia … Is there a place or ethnic group that whites have not killed, damaged, stolen or abused?
My contribution is, of course, within my areas of expertise: music and food. So I start a series of posts related to changes in the music or European diets thanks to the contribution of plants or rhythms brought from elsewhere.
For now, I give you a list of some works based on emigration:
Literature and Poetry
Cadalso, Moroccan Letters
Cervantes, Don Quixote
The Mayor of Zalamea
The poem of Mio Cid
Federico Garcia Lorca, Aurora, Poet in New York
Guadalupe Henestrosa, ungrateful
The Grapes of Wrath
Nelida Pinon, The Republic of Dreams
Ramon Sender, Nancy’s thesis
Richard Kalinovsky, A Beast on the Moon
Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice
Poletti, Woman of Two Worlds
And a long, long list that would not fit in this blog…
Pink Floyd, The Wall and Hey you
West Side Story (1961)
Across the wall (West) (2013)
Almanya. Welcome to Germany (2011)
America, America (1963)
Westward the Women (1952)
The Immigrant (1917)
The Kite Runner (2007)
The most violent year (2014)
The Wedding Banquet (1993)
The Godfather II (1974)
The sweat of nightingales (1998)
The dream of Ellis (2014)
In America (2002)
Exodus (1960), plus remakes
Flowers from Another World (1999)
From Prada to Nada (2010)
Gran Torino (2008)
Children of Men (2006)
In This World (2002)
The good lie (2014)
The Border (1982)
The Golden Cage (2013)
The Door of No Return (2011)
Salt of the Earth (1954)
The terminal (2004)
Letters from Alou (1990)
The girls from the sixth floor (2011)
Marriage of Convenience (1990)
My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
My Beautiful Laundrette (1985)
Dirty Pretty Things (2002)
White Nights (1984)
East is East (1999)
Bread and Roses
Monsieur Lazhar (2011)
Bend It Like Beckham (2002)
Return to Ithaca, (2014)
Rocco and His Brothers (1960)
The Visitor (2007)
A Chinese Tale (2011)
A Better Life (A Better Life) (2011)
Journey of Hope (1990)
Who is Dayani Cristal? (2013)
Lazaro de Tormes says: “How many must have in the world fleeing other because they do not see themselves!”