“We are here because you were there”

by Dennis Chin, guest blogger

Stumbled across these photos.  Thought I’d share.  Want more background, read this post.

Photo:  RI4A

Photo:  Carrie Sloan

“We are here because you are there” is a phrase that’s been popular in immigrant communities in Western Europe.  Read more about its origins in this helpful article.  A choice quote:

In an era of rapid globalization, Western nations that maintain spheres of influence far from home cannot pretend that they can benefit from the labor, raw materials or consumer markets of distant lands without encouraging reverse migration.


5 responses to ““We are here because you were there”

  1. So, I’m curious why people supposedly so tied to their land, their cultures and their home – are so willing to jump ship and go somewhere else?
    Ha ha….just shows that they are full of bunk. They don’t even care about being where their history is. Nor where their familia is.

  2. Dennis, I saw the “We Are There” banner via Applied Research Center & Carrie Sloan. See here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/36336524@N04/4574772113

  3. Dennis Chin

    @ Will: Thanks!!

    @ Lei: Because their livelihoods have been destroyed by international economic policies, most of which have been enacted by or vastly benefit western nations.

  4. Well, I guess we should cut off all foreign aid to foreign countries – not to mention stop adopting their children.
    Since our money and medical research is not appreciated, let the children who are supported by US children’s programs suffer and die. Yes or no? I’m sick of sending money to countries that turn around and accuse us of treachery. I have been sending money out of my own pocket for 20 years.

  5. Dennis Chin

    @Lei: I believe you’re conflating charity with policy. Policies like NAFTA, as an example, aren’t charity. They are a set of trade agreements that historically have been shown to stack the playing deck largely towards countries like the U.S. No one is arguing that charity should be cut off 🙂 It’s crucial for short-term survival of millions of folks living in poverty outside the U.S.. And I think it’s highly commendable that you’ve been giving for so long. But sadly it won’t change the policies that create and sustain global poverty, which is one of the primary drivers of migration.

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