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migration is heavily discussed recently on european and global level. here are three more contributions of this week, which appeared to be interesting engough to be posted:

the globalist refers to Paris as one of the capitals of world music:

(...) Like New York, Los Angeles and London, Paris’ music scene has benefited greatly from an influx of immigrants. Many musicians have come from Francophone Africa and the Middle East. For instance, France’s top rapper is MC Solaar, a Senegal-born artist who moved to Paris and has seen his albums dominate French charts for over a decade. Prominent rai/rock musician Rachid Taha was born in Algeria, grew up in Lyon — and has recorded much of his best work in Paris. His 1991 album, Barbes, was named after an immigrant-dominated section of Paris (...)

Whereas the capitals in the western hemisphere gain (and complain), the results of brain drain in the peripherie is dramatic. thanks to neeka sauseschritt was made aware of edward lucas article on brain drain in central and eastern european countries (CEEC). ee argues:

(...) Economists’ unlovely jargon term for brainpower is “human capital”. A new study by the Lisbon Council, an incisive Brussels-based think-tank, highlights some ominous trends. The ex-communist east of the European Union has backward industries, a dire demographic outlook and, for the most part, out-of-date universities. A brain-drain may be irreversible (...)

und zu guter letzt macht noch das adresscomptoir auf den slowenischen philosophen und psychoanalytiker slavoj zizek aufmerksam, der im standard genauer hinterfragt, wenn europapolitiker angesichts des einwanderungsdruckes ein kollektives WIR benutzen:

(...) Die Schlüsselfrage lautet also: Wer ist dieses "wir", von dem Kouchner spricht, wer gehört dazu und wer nicht? Ist dieses "wir" tatsächlich die "Welt", jene unpolitische Gemeinschaft zivilisierter Völker, die im Sinne der Menschenrechte tätig werden? (...)
 

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