Magazine article New Internationalist

10 Years Ago

Magazine article New Internationalist

10 Years Ago

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The politics of migration is becoming ever more ugly in Western countries. Concern about the impact of migrants on local communities is understandable but there is generalized fear and suspicion of an influx of people from poorer countries. The contribution new Internationalist has made to this debate has often been to introduce its readers to some of the real people who have travelled in search of a better life for themselves and their families. This month 10 years ago, Vanessa Baird accompanied a nurse, Nancy Wambui Itotia, on a trip from Britain, where she had been working for four years, back to her home in Kenya. The issue provided a fascinating insight into all kinds of issues normally unconsidered, not least because it underlined that such migration is an inevitable result of a chronically unequal world. As Vanessa said: 'It seemed a cruel requirement of our globalized economy that for a mother to be a good one, in terms of providing for her children and giving them a chance in life, it was necessary for her to take herself far away from them. …

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