Monday, December 12, 2005

On Tolerance, Crime and Immigration in Canada as compared with Japan

According to a new CP report, Canada will rank 43rd in a count of countries that have female representatives as a percentage of the elected representatives. Under 21 percent of parliament is expected to be female after the upcoming elections. That puts Canada behind Ethiopia. Not to say that Canada has anything over Ethiopia, but Canadians do seem to pride themselves in thinking they live in the most equitable place on the planet.

This news relates to the previous post, in which my colleague raises a provocative, yet valid question. Is there a relationship between immigration and violent crime in a country? A question he ties back into a thought on the broader theme of tolerance and the cult that follows it and keeps it sacred.

The number 43 challenges those who think god is in the precious box. My colleague says tolerance hinders the proper assessment of problems, which for him evidently begin by conducting a more comprehensive census. The number 43, however, suggests tolerance is nothing.

As for the relationship of crime to immigration, Japan makes for an interesting comparison to Canada. First, there are critics of the close relationship between the police and the media and their reporting of violent crime (see: 1, 2 - 'the crime of crime reporting' in Japan). While there is evidence to support the argument that aliens tend to comprise much of the crime (see 3), in the context of the media-police relationship this may make the criminals as much as the victims of domestic policy on immigrants as the victims are victims.

Second, Japanese intolerance only gives it short-term security in a globalized world. The Japanese workforce is shrinking and the number of people that will need to be employed to service the grey market increasing. By 2030, there is predicted to be 2 people in the workforce per retiree in the country with the population heading back under the 100 million mark from 127 million people (see 4, 5). And while awareness of the problem has drawn attention to immigration, the reality of a backlash against foreigners is considered very possible (see 6).

The complaint against Japan culminates in drawing out a similarity between it and Canada and not so much in contrasting the two. Both share in their lack of tolerance - though certainly not to the same extent, but emphasizing similarities in intolerance may help Canadians ask hard questions of themselves rather than point the finger at immigrants.

And though women may not be tolerated (or encouraged or want to be) in parliament, and though the Prime Minister goes for banning handguns over listening to the affected (see 7), and though separatism is still alive and well despite what the new Gov Gen says in her investiture speech; almost 80 percent of Canadians like immigrants (see 8) and that's a warm feeling for an immigrant like myself. Tolerance isn't the problem. A shallow tolerance is. Tolerance deepened through greater personal and collective introspection and hospitality is worth pursuing. There's even security in it.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Your article on immigration contains the usual pablum about the criminals being the victims. The fact is, as you pointed out, that crime and immigrants are synomymous. That is fact pure and simple. If you want to destroy a culture and a peaceful society, all you need to do is ask for immigrants, and you'll get it.

Christo said...

Show me evidence of "culture" and "a peaceful society" destroyed by immigrants.

The United States of America and Canada - two of the greatest nations on earth by economic and prosperity standards were built on immigration.

Criminals are victims, immigrants are criminals - these statements are of the same genus, they're generalizations that I'd not make.

Jonathan said...

It is hard to pin the problem down to a few generalizations. Yet, I think the answer is partly that it depends on values. Immigrants have values, sure. That much is obvious. But I wonder how other cultures view violence and whether that is imported into Western cultures. At least in Europe, it seems to be the case that violence are disproportionately from immigrants. For instance, three quarters of rapes that occur in Denmark are from non-Danes. Do you not wonder what Canadian statistics might yield?

Your comments re: number 43 are interesting. Did you know that no country on earth has a legislature with over 50 percent of the legislators that are women? I wonder why.

Christo said...

55% of rapes reported in the world occur in countries with nuclear waste generated.

As for "three quarters of rapes" occuring in Denmark attributed to "non-Danes" (which is like saying non-Canadian, what does that mean?) I can find no statistics to corroborate the statement.

What I did find that sought to explain the rape problem in Denmark is:
> motorcycle gang violence
> correlates with immigrants from other European countries, but they are also the poorest, have the greatest share of unemployment, least educated, and are the objects of societal and police discrimination. (same source)
> Denmark's experiment with multiculturalism must be very young, young enough that in 1996 it was ranked up their with Japan as being a country that admitted few immigrants.
> By non-Danes, the man you quoted, a politician noless, he may be meaning fellow Europeans. From Sweden I get the idea that 40% of crimes committed are attributable to fellow Scandanavians and Western Europeans, 28% by non-Europeans

tarafine said...

I lived in Los Angeles for 20 years and saw the beginning of a massive influx of immigration (mostly illegal) from Mexico. These immigrants are overwhelmingly poor and uneducated. It is a myth that there is a job waiting for them that no American will do; crime becomes a form of survival, whether drug dealing, auto theft, burglary, etc. A huge number of younger immigrants join the established gangs which terrorize so many neighborhoods. Furthermore, without identities, these immigrants are untraceable, therefore largely immune to prosecution. Finally, they come from a country whose history of corruption extends from the local traffic cop to every institution in the government. The immigrant is naturally inclined to skirt or break laws outright. They lack the essentials of living in American society which is founded on the rule of law. This enormous population has become, 20 years late, a serious liability in our country.