Issues Facing Immigration


Immigration is where people move into a destination country that they are no natives of or do not have citizenship of for them to reside or settle there, primarily as naturalized citizens or permanent residents, or those that want to be employed temporarily as a foreign worker or to take up employment permanently as a migrant worker. An immigrant is a person who comes into the country.

The first issue at is integration- this means the inclusion of populations that have been displaced. Their displacement could be long-term and therefore need the basics of survival, i.e., employment opportunities, health services, housing, and communities. Planning for integration will mean there will be a shift from building temporary solutions to building permanent infrastructure.

The next issue is tackling inequality in the destination communities. Disillusionment with globalization and dissatisfaction at home is one of the driving political forces behind some rejectionist movements in some countries that chose to swing towards closed-border nationalism. The inequality that can build a "marginalized majority" of citizens who are natives of the country will boost the power of anti-immigration narratives.

A third issue at that is of significance is preparing cities that can be used for ecological migration. The rapid change in climate around the world is causing people to move in large masses and invisible numbers sometimes. The city planners have not been able to keep the pace and the internal immigrants especially, are landing in informal housings and slums. According to some thinkers like Doug Sanders and Katherine Boo, they have documented that the fortunes of those people who find themselves in slums will depend on the policies that help them out or keep them in. But the question remains whether the slums or the increasingly populated areas will become just temporary laun pads or will become permanent homes for new arrivals.

A fourth issue is planning for new patterns of resettlement should be made a high priority. It is becoming more evident that the models of relocation in traditional destination countries like Australia, Canada and some other parts of Europe are in dire need of a refresh. They were built for those cities that have not yet been transformed by the socio-economic trends, which are very defining, of the past few decades or more: passage of poverty from the inner cities to the suburbs and the growth of informal employment or jobs. Urban planning for integration will mean changing the physical centers of gravity in a settlement. Discover more facts about immigration at