Todd Miller schreibt auf Al Jazeera, 01.11.2019, über den Zusammenhang von Klimaflüchtlingen und Gefängnisindustrie an der US-amerikanischen Südgrenze.

The survival of private prisons depends on keeping a consistent and increasing number of people incarcerated and today immigrants serve as this predatory industry’s primary cash generators. According to a report by the New York Times, last year, private companies incarcerated about nine percent of the total US prison population, but 73 percent of immigrant detainees. […]

The connection between displacement and climate change is not exclusive to the Americas.

Similarly, some researchers link Syria’s devastating conflict, which displaced millions of people, to a drought made worse by climate change. The climate emergency in Africa’s Lake Chad region is also believed to have contributed to the rise of Boko Haram – an armed group that has displaced over two million people.

In other words, many of the displaced today – in the Americas, the Middle East and Africa alike – are being driven from their homes, at least in part, because of the destructive effects of climate change. And this seems to be just the beginning. […]

Thanks to the Western fear of migrants and unwillingness to come up with a sustainable and humane solution to the climate crisis, this border-industrial complex has grown strong enough to help shape national immigration policies and fuel militarisation and human rights abuses across the world.

The US‘ dependence on this industry has reached the point where its budget for border and immigration control has gone up more than 15-fold in the last 25 years and increased by an astonishing 133,567 percent since 1980.

We are seeing similar trends elsewhere in the world. In 2009, the European market for border control security was estimated to be between 6 and 8 billion euros ($7-9bn). Today, this market is estimated to reach 50 billion euros globally ($57bn) by 2022.

Al Jazeera | 01.11.2019

„Why climate action needs to target the border industrial complex“