Mustafa K. Erdemol: Anger is organized, beware

Unfortunately, there are those who are eager to turn anti-immigration into a social movement. There is no doubt that this will complicate the problem far more than it solves it. The situation has become such that even talking about it becomes a problem. I can more or less predict what might be written under this article, without reading it entirely.

Of course, there is a justification for anger. Even the attitude towards Syrian refugees “racism” It is also justified for interlocutors to angrily reject it when it is said. It’s very easy to make accusations, of course, that’s a bad attitude, but it’s a fact that we don’t use sociological concepts correctly, which is even worse. What does racism, what does xenophobia mean is that anyone against immigrants is racist, we don’t think of them much.

Do not fear hostility

In our country, the negative approach of Syrian immigrants is above all “ethnic” I believe there is no reason. Of course, a small part of them has a feeling of ethnic hatred. However, when one remembers the prevailing sentiment in our society, the unease and concern about refugees, “xenophobia”more … than “fear of strangers” it is zenophobia. I’m not saying it’s better than xenophobia, of course, but that’s it. “fear”the reasons for “hostility”more acceptable reasons. Many people fear that the demographic structure will change, that cultural diversity will suppress the culture of origin and that their jobs will be taken by refugees. As someone who doesn’t have that kind of fear, I can’t easily call fearful people racist. Because fear of strangers is an important step on the road to racism, but it is not racism.

But whatever “Hostility” if he wants “Fear” whatever, the existence of these two in various countries “anti-immigrant policies” has a reinforcing effect. These policies have existed for more than a decade. It also existed in 19th century Europe, but the anti-immigrant sentiment of this period was based on pan-nationalist ideologies. The sentiment of xenophobia that shaped the first half of the 20th century “to others” based on hate. From the mid-1980s, the immigration/immigration phenomenon, particularly within right-wing parties “do politics” It has become one of their tools. Immigrants “social pests” had been named. According to this definition, immigrants are blamed for almost everything. Anti-immigrant policies have also led to the electoral success of right-wing anti-immigrant parties, particularly in about half of post-industrial democracies.

Labor competition also breeds opposition.

It should be mentioned once again that xenophobia is not necessarily linked to ethnic hatred. For example, in some European countries there is opposition and reluctance among urban blacks in labor competition against migrant workers. There are also anti-immigrant parties that seem to support left-wing economic policy, our CHP being an example.

I said “fear of foreigners” and I incorporated it into a single definition, but many explanatory definitions can be made of the situation in which we live due to immigrants in our country, all unpleasant: cultural exclusion, intolerance ethnic, ethnocentrism. These are all steps before racism. It is possible that they turn into racism and xenophobia.

Xenophobia is not a new phenomenon. In the 19th century, countries like England, Germany and France had a very poor record in this regard. At that time, Polish immigrants in Germany were often attacked by the Germans. Anti-immigrant sentiment was very, very strong in the United States in the 1850s and 1890s.

Status loss is also effective.

There is another important factor in the development of anti-immigrant sentiment: the loss of social status of small traders and small producers. It is these segments that see in the decisions and practices taken for the benefit of immigrants the reason for this loss. Let’s not forget that the vast majority of the unemployed are also anti-immigrant. The tendency among the working class to see foreigners as the reason for the lack of social security and welfare is increasing.

Let us not ignore the effect of the economic crisis which increases xenophobia. Those who are less educated or economically vulnerable are affected by the presence of immigrants. “financial loss” Thinking they are going to get in, they quickly slide into anti-immigration. Some may not like it, but those who work on this issue believe there is a connection between nationalism and hostility towards immigrants. This is the natural consequence of extremism in the defense of national identity.

Opposition erupts

The fact of migration creates conflicts between citizens and non-citizens, a foreign language against a native language, Turks (Turks) and non-Turks (Turks) after a while. This has happened in every country receiving immigration/immigrants, and it does. The power of anti-immigrant parties, which have formed a policy on this opposition, is also growing. This can be seen in all countries that receive immigration/immigrants. We also have the Victory Party, which gives the impression that it was founded only on anti-immigration. This is the first time in our political history, I think.

Like all anti-immigrant parties, the Victory Party seems to be focused on a single issue. Anti-immigration is an attractive tool of political manipulation for certain segments. But let’s not be unfair by counting only the Victory Party in this area, there are also mainstream parties that resort to anti-immigrant policies.

The danger is; Fear of xenophobia (xenophobia), an emotion that can be overcome, can gradually evolve into xenophobia. It would be really bad. We may never have been a welcoming country for immigrants, but we have never been xenophobic either.

The anger against immigrants is getting organised, you see. Against the organization of this anger, the left, the workers and their foreign friends must also organize themselves.

Because the solution of the immigration problem cannot be left to the right hand.

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