Blog of Hyesoo Shin

humanos : Understanding the Others

humanos aims to denounce hostility against the migrants fueled by falsified statistics promoted in different media platforms, by breaking the wall between the two realities. The project evokes empathy through emphasis on credit and logic; constructing an argument using the most credible facts to concentrate the public’s focus on the humanitarian urgency of the U.S.Mexico migration crisis. This information/argument is delivered as a hand book to promote a prevalent distribution. humanos proposes two main arguments: the appropriateness of the term “environmental migrants” and to develop new migration policies which integrates U.S. economic regards.

First, promoting “environmental migrants” aims to expel the criminal connotation of the migrants (who are labelled as “illegal” or “unauthorized” immigrants). This shifts the public focus away from antagonizing the migrants. Second, the policies aim to reveal the potential economic prospect from embracing the migrants through legalization. The new economic migration policies will be a tool of integration, as the main argument (supposedly the most logical) against the migrants are of economic rumors.

According to United Nations Refugees and Migrants, now is globally “the highest level of humanitarian needs since the Second World War with the issue of large-scale mixed movements of refugees and migrants.” A collective effort is required to help vulnerable communities and groups adapt to the growing threat of climate change. In the United Nations General Assembly of September 2016, Secretary-General Yves Leterme quoted Antonio Gramsci: “The crisis consists precisely in the fact that the old is dying and the new cannot be born; in this interregnum a great variety of morbid symptoms appear.” He then continued that “today, we truly do live in a time of such morbid symptoms…As history has shown over and over again, migration is not a threat to nation-States, let alone democracies, but intolerance and hatred undoubtedly are.” It is our duty as global citizens to rise against intolerance and hatred.

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