Migrant Privileges And Refugee Rights

1334 WordsOct 3, 20176 Pages
Migrants vs. Refugees Warsan Shire, a British poet born to Somali parents in Kenya, once said, “No one leaves home, unless home is the mouth of a shark.” This quote speaks to the heart of our topic, migrants vs. refugees, because it defines the situation that millions of people find themselves in on a quotidian basis. For example, the sea of refugees currently flooding out of Syria are leaving their homeland, not for economic prosperity, but because of the imminent danger that surrounds them. Likewise, a common misconception derived from The Grapes of Wrath, or TGOW, is that the Joad family is a family of migrants, but it would be more appropriate to define them as refugees, which is important, not just for fidelity, but because there is…show more content…
The banks were depicted as corrupt entities that are solely interested in the money and were willing to commit cruel acts in order to profit. When explaining the cruelty of the banks to the farmer families, the owner man clarifies, “But--you see, a bank or a company can 't do that, because those creatures don 't breathe air, don 't eat side-meat. They breathe profits; they eat the interest on money. If they don 't get it, they die the way you die without air, without side-meat” (Steinbeck 22). Because the Joad family was forcibly removed from their land in Oklahoma, they needed to migrate to California in order to survive. Were they not to relocate, they would face dire consequences, such as being unable to feed themselves or provide themselves with a shelter. Whereas a migrant relocates in search of economic prosperity, refugees like the Joad family relocate because they are facing persecution, and therefore, unable to adequately survive with the limited resources. Portrayed as an era filled with economic hardships and cruelty, the Dust Bowl caused various hardships that primarily affected the farming class of society. The Dust Bowl was a period of time during the 1930’s in which dust storms
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