The former colonial powers of the world are feeling a consequence of colonialism in the relocation of formerly colonized people to their own shores: Asians and Africans to Europe, Latin Americans to the United States.
In Russia, many of the people who are the scapegoats and bogeymen of the anti-migration nationalists come not only from the now independent former Soviet Republics and Soviet client states in places like Africa, but also from areas which are still part of Russia, and which Russia is still fighting to control – Chechnya, Dagestan, etc. In Moscow, the rallying cry of the xenophobic separatists is not just “Russia for Russians,” but also “Moscow for Muscovites.”
And that brings in mind a point….will migration control freaks in other countries also soon seek to restrict internal migration? Do the arguments they make for restricting migration freedom apply equally to movement between states, counties, cities, neighborhoods, blocks, or even houses?
It’s not as if anti-internal migration sentiments would be entirely new in, for example, the US. Northerners moving to the south are still sometimes called carpetbaggers, many Western states disparage “californication,” Floridians have “Florida Native” car decals, California once grappled with Okies in the first great depression.
With another depression showing signs of getting underway, will the US once again see efforts to restrict movement of people from parts of the country that are harder hit?