Men migrate, may pick bad destination

When they can or must, men migrate to good places, where they are left in peace, where they are appreciated, where gender equality is likely to prevail.

Many things need to be considered when men migrate and make decisions to go to a better or different country.  Not the least of those is what may happen in a country in which a man may wish to take up residence when the man gets into trouble with the law.  Consider some of those concerns for a number of selected countries throughout the world.

  1. How likely is a man to wind up in prison?
  2. What proportion of the prisoners in a country is made up of foreigners?
  3. How much more likely than a woman is a man to be in prison?

The source for the data used in the charts accessible through the preceding links is this:

The World Prison Brief is an online database providing free access to information on prison systems around the world. It is a unique resource, which supports evidence-based development of prison policy and practice globally. More

 

Incarceration rates per 100,000 population

666 is the number of the beast.  It is also the number of prisoners in the U.S. per 100,000 population.  It is incongruous but true, the U.S., the “land of the free,” comprises about five percent of the world’s people and has locked up about one fifth of the world’s prisoners.

You figure it out.  World Prison Brief states: “The latest World Prison Population List, published in 2016, reports that there are likely to be in excess of 11 million prisoners worldwide.”  The U.S. held locked up 2,145,100 prisoners by the end of 2015.  Dividing 11 million into that gives a figure of 19.5 percent of the World’s prisoners being guests of Uncle Sam and the taxpayers he makes his living from.  Without doubt, the U.S. is first in the World with respect to imprisoning its people.  The vast majority of those prisoners are men, of course.

Just going by the risk of winding up being incarcerated, the U.S. is not the best place for men to be, unless they like or don’t mind the high risk of being accommodated in crowbar hotel.  Take a look:

When men migrate, consider incarceration rates in selected countries

Incarceration rates in selected countries

 

Free accommodations for foreigners

If you wish to become a foreigner in a country, it should be of concern to know in which country do foreigners comprise the largest proportion of prisoners, and in which the least.  That depends of course on how likely a country is to accept a large influx of foreigners who may or may not become full-fledged citizens of that country.  We know that some countries have trouble with foreigners assimilating into a country’s culture and society, but it seems that a country that has a large number of foreigners in its prisons may not be the best country for any man to find peace or a piece of the good life.

When men migrate, they should consider the proportion of prisoners who are foreigners in selected countries

Proportion of prisoners who are foreigners in selected countries (Note: Figure of percent of prisoners in Canada who are foreigners is not being made available.)

 

Sex ratios of prison populations

Women are human.  They do commit crimes about as often or even more often than men do, but some countries (actually there are no exceptions at all) hold women to be innocent, incapable of committing crimes that require women to be locked up, so that society can be kept safe from them.

That requires a large amount of complex and convoluted rationalizing, but, once it comes to punishing women for the crimes they commit or even just to lock them up to keep them from doing serious harm to anyone in society, incarcerating women is generally not a consideration.  At the very least, all people, everywhere in the World, are very reluctant to hold women to account or even to consider women who commit serious crimes to be fully responsible adults.

If it becomes unavoidable to concede that women do in fact commit serious crimes, e. g.: women are the vast majority of child murderers, standards of guilt and culpability are quickly changed to a less serious category that does not require perpetrators to be sentenced or to be incarcerated.  In the case of child murder, when a woman does it, we call it “infanticide.”  The child is still dead and just a s much so as if by any other name for the deed, but we feel sorry for the woman who killed the child and let her go, often to kill again.

When a man murders a child, it is never considered to be infanticide, as that is a category of crime that is only available to women.  A man who murders a child always needs to be locked up, to keep society safe.  We do not wish to lock up murdering women.  We want to feel sorry for them.

Is there any doubt in anyone’s mind that a country that holds women to be incapable of committing serious crimes and that refuses to treat female offenders according to the severity of crimes they commit is all that much harsher on men, for whom there is never an excuse?  Such a country is not necessarily to be recommended as a destination for immigration, but there are degrees.  A man can choose between a country that incarcerates virtually none of its women who commit serious crimes and countries who incarcerate up to ten percent of their women who commit serious crimes of the nature of which a man committing them is always incarcerated.

You may be able to deliberate a bit on that and come to some conclusions by looking at the sex ratios of prison populations in these countries. The question is whether there is any place on Earth where a man can obtain equitable gender rights.  Is there any place on Earth where men get to enjoy the equal rights of which they ostensibly have so much more than women do?

When men migrate, they should consider the sex ratios of prison populations in selected countries

Sex ratios of prison populations in selected countries

Keep on looking.  You may just find it, the best place for them to go to when men migrate.

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One Response to Men migrate, may pick bad destination

  1. Walter says:

    This Mother Jones article points to one of the reasons why incarceration rates in the U.S. are the highest in the World, private prisons, but consider also another reason that the article does not stress, that the foreigners who are described as ‘migrants’ and ‘immigrants’ are in the U.S. illegally, not necessarily because they are refugees but because they are economic migrants, because they wished to move to move to a country where they would be able to get better-paid work than in their countries of origin.

    The circumstances of the arrests of those ‘migrants’ involved people who were illegal immigrants without immigration visas, without work permits, without ever having paid anything into the social safety nets of the country that became their desired destination.

    A Federal Judge Put Hundreds of Immigrants Behind Bars While Her Husband Invested in Private Prisons
    Judge Linda Reade’s husband bought more prison stock five days before one of the nation’s biggest immigration raids.

    SAMANTHA MICHAELSAUG. 24, 2017 6:00 AM

    »It was almost lunchtime inside the country’s largest kosher slaughterhouse in Postville, Iowa, on May 12, 2008. The meatpackers, mostly migrants from Guatemala and Mexico, wore earplugs to block out the noise of the machinery and couldn’t hear the two black helicopters hovering overhead or the hundreds of armed federal immigration agents closing in around them until the production line stopped. One worker tried to flee with his knives, stabbing himself in the leg when he was pushed to the ground. “They rounded us up toward the middle like a bunch of chickens,” a 42-year-old Guatemalan worker later recalled. “Those who were hiding were beaten and shackled.”« More

    From the perspective of U.S. taxpayers, it would have been far more practical and much cheaper to deport the apprehended illegal immigrants to their locations of origin than it is to incarcerate them in the U.S. at taxpayers’ expense. For privately owned and operated prisons, the more prisoners, the better, while the taxpayers are left footing the bill.

    This Heritage Foundation report contains more pertinent information:

    The Fiscal Cost of Unlawful Immigrants and Amnesty to the U.S. Taxpayer

    1. There are approximately 3.7 million unlawful immigrant households in the U.S. These households impose a net fiscal burden of around $54.5 billion per year.
    2. Amnesty for unlawful immigrants can pose large fiscal costs for U.S. taxpayers including public education, welfare benefits, and other benefits and services.
    3. Policymakers must ensure that the interaction of welfare and other financial transfer programs with immigration does not expand the fiscally dependent population.

    More

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