Por qué la migración es un derecho humano fundamental/Why Migration is a Fundamental Human Right

por Mohsin Hamid [English below]

Gran Bretaña y Estados Unidos no son, de ninguna manera, únicos en negar el derecho humano a la migración. Todas las democracias ricas hacen lo mismo. China y algunos otros países incluso restringen la migración de sus ciudadan@s dentro de sus propias fronteras.

Este problema debe ser enfrentado. La escala de migración que veremos en los próximos siglos probablemente empequeñecerá lo que ha ocurrido en la historia human@. Cambio climático, enfermedades, fallas gubernamentales, guerras: todo esto empujará a cientos de millones, tal vez miles de millones, a dejar un país por otro. Si no reconocemos sus derechos a trasladarse, estaremos intentando construir un planeta de segregaciones donde nuestros pasaportes serán nuestras castas, y donde la obediencia será exigible solo a través del uso cada vez mayor de la fuerza.

Hay soluciones. Podemos reconocer el derecho human@ a la migración. Podemos reconocer que somos nosotr@s mismos, todos nosotr@s, doblemente migrantes. Históricamente, somos migrantes: nuestr@s antepasados ​​vinieron de otro lugar y sus raíces de origen, de hace mucho tiempo, se migraron de África. Y nosotr@s somos migrantes personalmente: la vida es la experiencia de moverse en el tiempo, de abandonar cada momento presente por el siguiente, de la migración temporal.


Reconociendo esto, podemos aceptar que no tenemos derecho a prohibir o estigmatizar la migración. Solo tenemos el poder para tratar de hacerlo. Y debemos esforzarnos por utilizar ese poder lo menos  posible, cada vez menos a lo largo del tiempo, ya que lo estamos utilizando para negar los derechos human@s de los demás. Somos nosotr@s, quienes detenemos la emigración, quienes somos los criminales, no lo emigrantes. Y lentamente, a un ritmo que no nos aterra, pero cuya dirección es clara, debemos dejarnos ir gradualmente y permitir que las cosas cambien. Solo así podemos esperar construir un mundo de acuerdo con los valores en los que decimos creer -libertad, igualdad, democracia – y limpiar el sabor de la hipocresía que arde tan amargamente en nuestras bocas.


Me imagino que siglos después, cuando la gente finalmente sea libre para emigrar como les plazca alrededor del planeta Tierra, mirarán la historia humana y se preguntarán, al igual que nos preguntamos acerca de la esclavitud, cómo las personas que parecían tan modernas podrían hacer eso a sus semejantes, enjaularl@s como animales, simplemente por querer vagar, como nuestra especie siempre lo ha hecho y siempre lo hará.

El descontento de Mohsin Hamid y sus civilizaciones: los despachos de Lahore, Nueva York y Londres son publicados por Hamish Hamilton

Párrafos extraídos de The Guardian

Britain and America are by no means unique in denying the human right to migration. All wealthy democracies do much the same. China and some other countries even restrict the migration of their citizens within their own borders.

This problem must be addressed. The scale of migration we will see in the coming centuries is likely to dwarf what has come before. Climate change, disease, state failure, wars: all these will push hundreds of millions, perhaps billions, to leave one country for another. If we do not recognise their right to move, we will be attempting to build an apartheid planet where our passports will be our castes, and where obedience will be enforceable only through ever-increasing uses of force.

There is another way. We can recognise the human right to migration. We can recognise that we are ourselves, all of us, doubly migrants. We are migrants historically: our ancestors came from somewhere else, and originated, long ago, in the same spot in Africa. And we are migrants personally: life is the experience of moving through time, of abandoning each present moment for the next, of temporal migration.

Acknowledging this, we can accept that we have no right to forbid or stigmatise migration. We have only the power to try to do so. And we ought to endeavour to use that power as little as we can manage, less and less over time, for we are using it to deny the human rights of others. It is we, those who stop migration, who are the criminals, not those who are migrants. And slowly, at a pace that does not terrify us, but whose direction is clear, we must gradually let go, and allow things to change. Only in doing so can we hope to build a world in accordance with the values we claim to believe in – liberty, equality, democracy – and wash clean the taste of hypocrisy that burns so bitter in so many of our mouths.

I imagine that centuries hence, when people are finally free to move as they please around the planet Earth, they will look back at this moment and wonder, just as we wonder about those who kept slaves, how people who seemed so modern could do such things to their fellow human beings, caging them like animals – merely for wanting to wander, as our species always has and always will.

Mohsin Hamid’s Discontent and Its Civilizations: Dispatches from Lahore, New York and London is published by Hamish Hamilton

Excerpt from The Guardian  

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