Immigration Through a Circular Lens

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It’s all over the news. Most of the conversations start and end with fear. Britain changed their relationship with the EU on the basis of this fear. Donald Trump is using this fear as the driving force behind his campaign. Countries all over Europe are struggling with conflict at the intersection of policy and humanitarian values.

Is it possible to see the story of immigrants and refugees through a different lens? What would the headlines be if we stopped pushing back in fear and started to embrace humanity? Could we see a shift in the real-life problems that we are currently afraid of? I’m interested to find out how using a circular approach to immigration could lessen the fear and actually create more peace.

Experts around the world have found terrorist organizations recruit from those who don’t feel they belong in their community. People are looking for a place where they will feel a part of something bigger than themselves. Countries are struggling with the fear that immigrants and refugees pose a threat to their citizens’ safety. Governments, who are responsible for this safety, are asking if they accept refugees are they opening their borders to an influx of terrorists.

How about making the shift to see immigrates as citizens instead of “migrants”? Canada has taken the view that immigrants and refugees are here on the path to become citizens, thus including them as one of their own. That is a unique perspective to take in a world where most governments have the migrant view of the “other” coming temporarily until they are able to go back home.

This migrant mentality is the barrier to inclusion and belonging. Indigenous cultures have a practice of welcoming strangers. Including strangers as a part of the community is imbedded in the Canadian culture and has made its way into policy. Circular thinking shows us we can value our differences for the betterment of the community. When people have a sense of community and belonging, they are less likely to be recruited by the same terrorists that created the fear. So, instead of pushing people out because of our fears, let’s pull them in thus eliminating the need to be fearful in the first place.

This shift in thinking is not an easy one. It isn’t one without risk. No one is saying a circular approach will result in zero crime and perfect societies. But living in fear breeds more fear. What we have now is creating more divisions and more problems in the world. How about trying a different way?

Written by:

Michelle Eades

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Author: Kim Hudson

I enjoy the big picture. I love to explore what is driving a situation, the archetypal nature of human beings, or the trend behind a collection of seemingly unrelated successes. My background reflects this. I began my working life as a geologist, working in male dominated exploration camps. As a result I'm fascinated with masculine feminine dynamics and how both exist in every person, to varying degree. I eventually studied writing for film and television and wrote a book on the feminine counterpart to the hero archetype. I give workshops on The Virgin's Promise: Writing Stories of Feminine Creative, Sensual and Spiritual Awakening worldwide. I particularly enjoy working with Raindance Film School in London. I have also been a Land Claims negotiator in the Yukon, working for the Canadian Federal Government. I was also a consultant to First Nations on geologic and environmental issues. This work with Western and Oral cultures created a foundation for my current book The Arrow and the Ring: Activating the Power of Linear and Circular Thinking. I enjoy writing, speaking, workshops and think tanks. Anything that presents the challenge of understanding the driving forces and co-creating new possibilities.

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