Immigration has been a heavily debated topic throughout history. Immigration is hard. Having to leave home, learn a new language and fit into a new culture are all parts of immigrating.
Acclimating is hard enough. But today, with society’s racists beliefs and policies immigration has become increasingly difficult. There are many countries facing serious immigration issues such as the U.S. and the U.K.. Currently, the U.S. administration has been keeping migrants and their children in detention at the U.S. border. These migrants are being treated inhumanely and without proper sanitation and shelter. Many young children are being separated from their parents. Currently with COVID-19, these migrants are being sent away without a chance to make an asylum claim. Those that are given a chance to make an asylum claim are being placed in harmful detention centers where they could catch COVID-19.
In the late 1940s many people from the Caribbean migrated to the U.K. These people were known as the Windrush generation. These migrants were invited by the British government to lay roads, drive buses, clean hospitals and treat the sick, as means of rebuilding the country after World War II. The descendants of the Windrush generation who have been in the UK for decades have been treated poorly. These descendants have been struggling to prove their status in the last few years. They have been refused medical care, denied housing, and even were threatened to be deported. Today, with the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, Britain has been facing backlash on this issue.
The long standing systemic racism has been brought to light with unfortunate recent incidents involving authoritative abuse and violence against people of color.
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Portrait of my Migrant Mother
By Kshema Amirapu New Zealand Loosely inspired by Dorothea Lange's photograph of a 'Migrant Mother', this drawing displays my mother sitting relaxed on a sofa without any eyes. The absence of eyes could represent the migrant mother's sacrifice; what she leaves behind to provide for her children on foreign soil.