One Of These Things Is Not Like The Other
From a Canadian report on how immigration is good for small rural communities:
There is no cookie cutter model for success, but the report`s case studies illustrate strategies small communities can capitalize on:
Winkler, where a quarter of the 9,106 residents are immigrants, used its Mennonite roots to attract Mennonite families from Europe and South and Central America. The strong community support triggered a “chain migration” that made it one of the fastest-growing rural communities.
Brooks, with 17.6 per cent of its 12,495 residents being newcomers, was helped by its key employer, Lakeside Packers, a meat processing and packing plant. The company needed 2,000 employees and worked with Calgary Catholic Immigration Society to bring in recruits from Sudan, Somalia and Ethiopia. [Immigration reviving some small towns – thestar.com,By Nicholas Keung, October 6, 2009 ]
Let`s sayÂ for the sake of argument that it`s not the racial differences between the white Mennonites and the Sudanese, et cetera, although that`s a big, important difference. (Which, under Canadian law, you`re not supposed to object to. ) Or that it`s notÂ the religious difference between the Christian Anabaptist Mennonites, who do not practice female genital mutilation and polygamy, and the Muslim Africans who do. (Which, under Canadian law, etc. )
It`s not even the cultural difference between the excessivelyÂ pacifist Mennonites,Â unpopular in First World War America because they didn`t want to fight the Kaiser, and the refugees from war-torn Africa. (If you see a Mennonite with a machete and a crowbar in the main street of your town, you can be pretty confident that he`s on the way to fix a buggy.)
No, the mentionable difference between one situation and the other is that the first is a normal, problematical,Â process of immigrants telling their friends and relatives to come join them, andÂ the second is a multinational corporation importing 2,000 indentured laborers fromÂ poor, third world countries where they`ve never heard of labor unions. You would think that that sort of thing would be something a Canadian reporter could figure out. Lakeside Packers is actually based in America–it`s a subsidiary of Tyson Foods, and has done the same thing in America.