Sunday, June 11, 2006
Congratulations everyone! It's June again, and according to this great big banner in full public view, that means it's the month for cracking down on illegal foreign workers! (Sign courtesy of no less than the immigration office). While I don't entirely disagree with the sentiment - workers should have the correct permission to stay, and those that break the immigration laws should be dealt with in some way (and that goes doubly for human traffickers and those that intentionally employ illegals) - I can't help but feel this kind of alarmist approach is going to do little more than invite human rights abuses. Visas are serious issues, but they're also ultimately administrative procedures - not the sort of thing you would normally try to whip up public fear with. I have to wonder how many people walking past as I took this picture were wondering to themselves "I wonder if he's here legally?"
My questions. What are they really trying to achieve with this public show of xenophobia? And more importantly, what are they trying to divert attention away from? What are they up to?
Update Here is a link to full details of the campaign on the Ministry of Justice webpage. I will endeavour to translate the highlights in due course.
Posted by Coal at 11:24 pm