Two Minutes with Dr. Yahya: Refugees & Immigrants Dilemma Worldwide

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Two Minutes with Dr. Yahya: Refugees and Immigrants Dilemma Worldwide

Dr. Hasan Yahya is a professor of comparative Sociology

 Contrary to popular perception, anti-immigrant sentiment today isn’t just about rich nations shunning the mass arrival of migrants from poorer ones. It is poor nations sending their huddled masses to other poor nations. It is rich countries sending people to other rich ones. It is countries acting as transit corridors – switching stations of humanity. According to the UNDP, only about one-third of migrants move from a developing country to a developed one. According to the United Nations Population Division (UNDP) estimates that the world has about 200 million international migrants including the five million Palestinian refugees (this writer is one). If they created their own country, it would become the fifth largest in the world.

Two reasons known as justification for Governments rejection of immigrants, namely, fear of lost jobs and a drain on public services.These reasons are the primary causes for the hardening attitudes among nationals toward immigrants force governments to take a stand against them around the world. Governments, therefore, deport migrants deemed a threat to two other related factors: public security and public health.

In the European case, shifting demographics and a dilution of national identity represent another reason for toughening stances toward outsiders. Discrimination is practiced by European governments when they can expel EU migrants who lose their jobs and apply for welfare in the host country. For example, the Netherlands and Britain, among others, the governments have erected barriers to family-reunification visas by setting the legal marriage age for foreigners at 21 rather than 18 as it is for citizens.

It’s easy to see why people would be frustrated when they have a large number of immigrants. While a think tank Government policy is actually starting to become a bit friendlier to legal foreign migration, but attitudes among ordinary people are becoming ever more angry as an outcome force governments to discriminate between nationals and Immigrants in several ways.

Mandatory language and integration tests for immigrants and would-be immigrants have become the rule in most European countries in the past few years. But they are only one sign of a general frustration over immigration policy across the Continent.

In Africa, South Africa estimated two million in a country with 49 million citizens, the bulk of immigrants are pushed by economic and political reasons, the issue represents an anti-migrant sentiment on the African continent. For example, in Chad, resentment toward the hundreds of thousands of refugees from Darfur was so high that Amnesty International urged the UN in February 2010 to maintain peacekeeper protection for refugee camps. And as recently as last year, Another example, Ugandan citizens seemed poised to push Rwandan refugees back into Rwanda, in part because of the refugees’ toll on the local economy.

In the Middle East, Israel, however, the case is different, once relied heavily on Palestinian labor (after 1967 War), as the country raced to join the developed world the violence-resistance-ridden intifadas and a paradigm shift toward separation, Israel severely curtailed the number of Palestinian workers allowed into the country, and force the government to search for non-Palestinians abroad instead. As a result, Israel faced a new problem caused by the hundreds of thousands of Africans coming in and not being able to handle it.

The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, have changed the way nations think about immigration as well. Suddenly, especially in the US, border control has become a function not just of controlling populations and domestic jobs but keeping the country safe. In America people are divided on the immigration issue, may be like everywhere else on the globe, but the US has garnered a reputation for being one of the most anti-immigrant countries in the world. This perception has been fanned by the high-profile controversy over a tough new enforcement laws in Arizona-even though elements of which have now been blocked by a federal judge. Still undocumented Mexican workers who had been pouring into Texas, California, and Arizona for decades suddenly were viewed as a national security threat.

In fact, 9/11 have changed immigration politics, even in those kind of bellwether immigrant welcoming lands. Europe was the haven for refugees for many years, but the issues merged in Europe, after the terrorist attacks on a train in several European cities like, Madrid in 2004 and later on public transportation in Britain in 2005. Ever since, more overt political opposition emerged.

In conclusion, the victims of shifting borders, politics, or the happenstance of birthplace, the world’s 200 millions immigrants including 12 million stateless people and their need to become citizens are rising on the international human rights agenda. While many advocates still think more attention needs to be paid to the safety and humanitarian needs of migrants rather than just devising ways to keep them out, Governments are starting to deal with the anti-immigrant politics in much less violence than before. Which I believe, is a good sign for refugees and immigrants. (838 words)

@Hasan Yahya, Michigan, June 2012

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About Arab American Encyclopedia-USA - Hasan Yahya

HASAN YAHYA was born at a small village called Majdal-YaFa (Majdal Sadiq) in Mandate Palestine (1944). He migrated as a refugee to Mes-ha, a village east of Kufr Qasim, west of Nablus (in the West Bank), then moved with his family to Zarka, 25 km north of Amman – Jordan. He finished the high school at Zarka Secondary School, 1963. He was appointed as a teacher in the same year. Studied Law first at Damascus University, then B.A from Lebanon University in Arabic literature and Eastern Cultures (1975). He moved to Kuwait. Where he got married in 1967. He was working at Kuwait Television, taught at bilingual School, and Kuwait University. In 1982, Hasan left to the United States to continue his education at Michigan State University. He got the Master Degree in 1983, the Ph.D degree in 1988 in Education (Psychology of Administration ). In 1991, He obtained his post degree in Social research, the result was a second Ph.D degree in Comparative sociology-Social Psychology. He was the only Arab student who enrolled ever to pursue two simultaneous Ph.D programs from Michigan State University and fulfill their requirements perfectly. Professor Yahya employment history began as a supervisor of a joint project to rehabilitate Youth (inmates out of prison) by Michigan State University and Intermediate School Districts. Worked also as a Teacher Assistant and lecturer in the same university. He was offered a position at Lansing Community College as well as Jackson Community College where he was assistant professor, then associate professor, then full professor (1991-2006). He taught Sociology, psychology, education, criminology and research methods. He supervised 19 Master and Ph.D candidates on various personal, economic psychological and social development topics. Professor Yahya published Hundreds (1000 Plus on this site) of articles and research reports in local, regional, and international journals. His interest covers local, regional and global conflicts. He also authored, translated, edited and published over 280 plus books in several languages, in almost all fields especial education, sociology and psychology. These books can be found on Amazon and Kindle. He also, was a visiting professor at Eastern Michigan University to give Research Methods and Conflict Management courses. Prof. Yahya accepted an offer to join Zayed University Faculty Team in 1998, then he served as the Head of Education and Psychology Department at Ajman University of Science and Technology 2001-04. Dr. Yahya established several institutes in Diaspora, the Arab American Encyclopedia, Ihyaa al Turath al Arabi Project, (Revival of Arab Heritage in Diaspora.Recently he was nominated for honorary committee member for the Union of Arab and Muslim Writers in America. He was affiliated with sociological associations and was a member of the Association of Muslim Social Scientists (AMSS) at USA. Social Activities and Community Participation: Dr. Yahya was a national figure on Diversity and Islamic Issues in the United States, with special attention to Race Relations and Psychology of Assimilation (generations 1,2 &3). He was invited as a public speaker to many TV shows and interviews in many countries. His philosophy includes enhancing knowledge to appreciate the others, and to compromise with others in order to live peacefully with others. This philosophy was the backgrounds of his theory, called “ Theory C. of Conflict Management”. And developed later to a Science of Cultural Normalization under the title: “Crescentology. The results of such theory will lead to world peace depends on a global Knowledge, Understanding, appreciation, and Compromising (KUAC)” Recently Prof. Yahya started "Publish your book FREE Project", to serve young Arab Writers. Dr. Yahya accepted the offer to be the chief editor of the International Humanities Studies Journal -I-H-S-Jerusalem, since July 2014. (Revised Sept. 2014) ولد الدكتور حسن عبدالقادر يحيى في مجدل يابا من أعمال يافا – فلسطين عام 1944. تلقى علومه الابتدائية في مدرسة بديا الأميرية في الضفة الغربية أيام احتوائها ضمن المملكة الأدردنية الهاشمية وتخرج في جامعة بيروت حاملاً الإجازة في اللغة العربية وآدابها، ودبلوم التأهيل التربوي من كلية القديس يوسف بلبنان، ودبلوم الدراسات العليا (الماجستير) ودكتوراة في الإدارة التربوية من جامعة ولاية ميشيغان بالولايات المتحدة عام 1988، وشهادة الدكتوراه في علم الاجتماع المقارن من الجامعة نفسها عام 1991. عمل في التدريس والصحافة الأدبية. أديب وشاعر وقاص ، ,كما عمل في تلفزيون الكويت الرسمي كمعد ومنسق برامج ثم اتجه إلى الكتابة والتأليف في علوم كثيرة تخص علمي النفس والاجتماع والتنمية البشرية ، والتغير الاجتماعي والسكان وألف ونشر العديد من المقالات (1000 +) والكتب باللغتين العربية والإنجليزية (أكثر من 330 كتابا) ، منها ست مجموعات قصصية وست كتب للأطفال ، وأربع دواوين شعرية باللغتين أيضا. وعدد من كتب التراث في الشعر والأدب والأخلاق الإسلامية والتربية والأديان . وهو الآن أستاذ متقاعد في جامعة ولاية ميشيغان. . وكان عضوا سابقا في جمعية العلماء المسلمين في أمريكا . وجمعية علماء الاجتماع الأمريكية - ميشيغان، وهو مؤسس الموسوعة العربية الأمريكية في الولايات المتحدة ضمن مشروع إحياء التراث العربي في بلاد المهجرز كما تم ترشيحه مؤخرا ليكون عضو مجلس التحرير لمجلة الدراسات الإنسانية العالمية. وقد قبل أن يتسلم رئاسة تحريرها اعتبارا من نهاية يونيو 2014 His email: Thank you!
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