Migration is a global phenomenon – every year, hordes of people migrate from one place to another. Until this migration is within the country, it seems to be okay. The moment migration crosses borders; it becomes an issue of interest, subjected to tremendous scrutiny. Recently, migration in New Zealand has come into focus, let’s have a look why exactly.
Shameful exploitation of migrants in New Zealand is the reason why this issue has come into the spotlight. Mostly the migrants are from India and China, belonging to the lower middle class. Their financial crisis is what is made use of – they’re brought into New Zealand with the hope and dream of a better life, with an improved standard of living. But the moment they step here, that’s when these helpless migrants realise that they’ve been trapped.
The inhuman conditions to which the migrants are exposed to is an issue of global concern. Have we lost all sense of humanity? Agreed, they are migrants; they may even have entered your country illegally – there is a protocol which has to be followed to handle such cases. Oppressing them, making them live their mistake of crossing the borders of their country, every single day of life is not a way out.
These migrants are forced to work under the blazing sun all day long – without proper breaks or food. More than often, they work in menial jobs that pay less than even the bare minimum wages. And what after slogging all day long, do they get the much-deserved rest? No – they are forced to sleep on a hard, cold concrete floor without even basic bedding. Can they escape this misery? Probably not, because their passports are confiscated, they are physically detained. And an even bigger reason is that the loan they had taken to enter New Zealand in the first place – how will that huge loan be repaid – is a question that haunts them and probably puts their thoughts of escaping to rest.
Education, which is a fundamental right – is denied to these migrants. They admitted to colleges where the degrees or courses they enrol into are of no use to them. The dip in the number of student-visas is a witness to the illogical treatment which is meted out to them.
Strict laws and co-operation among the government, educational institutions, industrial sectors and other relevant entities are essential to tackle this menacing issue, which has already begun tainting New Zealand’s name. Funds need to be pumped in, and efforts have to be taken in this direction to improve the condition of migrants in New Zealand.