- Jul 17, 2016
I was talking about the behavioral change, from unproductive citizens to productive immigrants. I don’t need millions of data points to confirm that Indonesian immigrants generally have a different work ethics from Indonesians in Indonesia. My point is that Indonesians are not genetically lazy, it’s the environment and the culture creating the behavior.You don't need to reside in the US or travel there frequently to be aware that individuals with a Hispanic background constitute the largest population of undocumented immigrants in the US. You don't even require statistical data to recognize this fact; common sense will suffice.
What is the significance of the ten thousand Indonesians living illegally in the US (assuming that figure is accurate) when compared to Mexico's 5.3 million? This consideration is even more pertinent when we account for percentages of the population. Considering that Mexico's population is roughly 127 million while Indonesia's population is 275 million, the comparison gains perspective.
Indonesians are lucky that Indonesia is relatively safe and prosperous (compared to El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras), so people feel less pressure to migrate elsewhere. Get a civil war going, and Australia will soon be dealing with Indonesian boat people.As I mentioned earlier, if Indonesians' approach to illegal immigration were similar to that of individuals from Hispanic, South Asian (Indian, Pakistan, Bangladesh), or African backgrounds, Australia would face significant challenges. In fact, other nationalities are using Indonesia as a transit route to Australia.
Learn about the estimated 11.4 million unauthorized immigrants living in the United States—where do they live? When did they arrive in the United States, and from which origin countries? What are their levels of education, top industries of employment, income, parental and marital status, health...www.migrationpolicy.org
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I worked in Mexico for 6 months. My colleagues were mostly Mexicans of the upper classes, who lived comfortably in Mexico and had no desire to move to USA just to be permanently treated as second class citizens due to suspicion of illegal status. The ones who jump the border are from the lower rungs of society; desperate people who have little protection from government corruption and the narco cartels.
These higher up Mexicans even look noticeably different from the average guy who bus the tables or cook your restaurant meal in USA. How do I say it, they have more pronounced European features, and they even point that out to me.