NPR ignores downsides of international migration and remittances (Ashley Westerman, International Center for Journalists, U.N.)

Ashley Westerman of NPR offers "World Immigration Called 'Win-Win' For Rich Nations, And Poor" [1]. The story was sponsored by the International Center for Journalists [2]. The ICJ isn't getting their money's worth as far as journalism is concerned, but they are getting it from the propaganda standpoint (bolding added):

The number of people who leave their countries to work abroad is soaring, according to the United Nations. More than 200 million people now live outside their country of origin, up from 150 million a decade ago...

In the Philippines, at the offices of Industries and Personnel Management in Manila, some 30 nervous applicants sit in hard plastic chairs watching a video about a day in the life of an employee at a duty-free shop at the international airport in Dubai, on the Persian Gulf.

...While [an applicant] ultimately wasn't among the 30 applicants chosen for the jobs in Dubai, his story is common in the Philippines, where a declining manufacturing sector forces 1.2 million Filipinos to find work abroad every year.

That's just a fraction of the number of migrant workers worldwide. And because migrants generally send money to their families back home, the U.N. says nearly a billion people benefit from migrant wages.

Peter Sutherland, who heads Migration and Development for the U.N., says migration is a win-win: The host country gets workers it needs to keep its economy going, and the home country gets an economic boost.

Now, for what NPR won't tell you, see remittances. Imagine if millions of Americans had to leave the U.S. to work in Dubai and imagine that the U.S. economy was to some degree dependent on Dubai. Wouldn't that indicate a very serious problem? What would the U.S. do if the money being sent back from Dubai slowed down? Isn't living on remittances like living on candy or energy drinks? In fact, a clue to the root of the problem is inadvertently offered by Westerman: the decline in manufacturing jobs in the Philippines. The same people who pushed or allowed deindistrialization are also pushing or allowing international migrations and remittances, and with the same goal: of making money despite the impacts on the U.S. and countries like the Philippines.

It's not just me that would point that out, but obviously NPR and Ashley Westerman couldn't be bothered to find even one contrary voice.

It's easy to think of NPR as a liberal bastion, but their reporting (such as it is) frequently serves NeoLiberal interests even if it's dressed up for a liberal audience.

You can send your thoughts to NPR's ombudsman @SchumacherMatos, although there's little chance he'll do anything. You can also write @AS_Westerman. But, to actually have an impact, I suggest looking up leading NPR supporters and making the points above to them.

[1] npr . org/blogs/parallels/2013/10/02/228285496/