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May 16, 2019 17:31:27


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A few years back - I decided to organize a debate. 
Topic - "Cost of Immigration outweighs the benefit"

This was an intellectual exercise to discuss both sides of immigration. 

Clearly for people fighting war, disease and natural disaster - this is a one sided argument. This was more about the debate for people who make the conscious decision to leave behind what they call home in the hope of something better in a strange land. 

The benefit is opportunity. The chance to become whatever you want to be. The opportunity to chase the dreams that were stifled before. This point is discussed ad-neuseum in the media. So much so that people with perfectly good lives from specific parts of the world fantasize about migrating. 

But the cost is huge. Particularly the psychological impact of coming to a place where you don't know anyone. There isn't a village of people you know and trust in times of need. You don't know the culture or the language. Of living with the constant feeling of abandonment. 

When you think you are funny but no one understands your jokes. So painful

Especially nowadays, the media and the wave of immigrant phobia around the world is heartbreaking. 

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    @keni Where did you land on the argument? Is this each person's individual decision? Did the cost outweigh the benefit for you?

    Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | May 16, 2019 18:35:45
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      @brandonwilson - oh for me it was an easy decision. Even today. Insulin outweighs everything.
      My reasons for having that topic is because I wanted people back home to hear both the good and the bad when it comes to leaving home. Unfortunately, our culture frowns upon complaining and talking about bad things so a lot of people have unrealistic view of living outside Ethiopia. Causing a lot of bad decisions.

      Keni avatar Keni | May 16, 2019 22:04:47
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