It is Jessica coming back with another London update. It has been another jam packed week of field trips and learning. Each day brings a new sense of adventure and knowledge all in one package. I really don’t believe I could have picked a better program than London. If you are a political science or international relations major, London is 100% the place you want to study. The overall quality of the POS and INR courses are exceptional and the field work (trips) really show you parts of London you didn’t know existed.
This brings me to my topic for today. On Thursday, my political science class went on an excursion to the Migration Museum at the Workshop. This excursion stood out in my mind because of how powerful the message and imagery were. This museum was in a make-shift area near the river and yet it spoke so many words. The main point of the exhibits was to show the people of Britain just how important immigration has been to the UK, historically until modern times. In light of the fear of refugees from the Middle East and the UK’s choice to leave Brexit, there are these people fighting to show Londoners that migrants coming into the UK is not something to be scared of. The main exhibit pertained to Calais and the ‘Jungle’ community where refugees from all over the world (particularly from the Middle East and Africa) lived in such dirty conditions in an attempt to cross over into Britain. I believe what these people are doing are fundamentally important to the political and social structure of Britain and really any country. Immigrants are not going to steal jobs and they probably won’t become terrorist. Refugees are people just like the people of core nations; they have feelings, dreams, needs. They want to be saved from the terrible conditions back home at least for the time being. Immigrants also stimulate the economy by providing more workers to increase productivity and secure jobs that cannot be fulfilled by the locals. Every single one of these details were outlined so beautifully in this museum. Once people begin to see refugees and immigrants as the human beings that they are (and maybe take a course in economics or international relations), is when societies can begin to build stronger institutions.
I really hope that museum gets its own permanent location. They certainly have the tools to shape the future generations to come. Until next time everyone! Bye.