I believe in open borders. The criminalisation of a person for seeking a better life is absurd, especially as the establishment of the Old Commonwealth was based on migration. Immigration is increasingly underpinned by commercial need and the conviction that immigrants should be acceptable to the settled population of the land. Europe has been extended beyond national boundaries to include all other countries within its economic bloc. To satisfy the needs of a hungry economic infrastructure, the European conglomerate utilises the freedoms it has granted itself as a historical bloc to continue economic and political control of the African continent. Raw materials and cheap labour have been the bedrock of a new European alliance. After all, it has been on the level of trade that the historical divisions within Europe
have been subsumed.
from The Not-So New Europeans, essay published in Wasafiri, Dec '08.