mute column

State & Charity, Blood & Soil

By neinsager, 22 December 2010

Evening Standard, 21/12: "Foreign rough sleepers sent home to save on health care" 'Homelessness charity' Thames Reach will be paid £200,000 by the British state next year to continue sending "hundreds of homeless foreigners back to their own countries". According to the 'third sector' deportation agency more than £250,000 will be saved" on "emergency call-outs and hospital admissions". Thames Reach spokesman Mike Nichols says the programme "helps people reconnect with their families and also [with] the services that offer them help back in their homelands". What 'support services' await the repatriated in euro-debt-deflated "homelands" like Latvia is not stated, but Mr. Nichols is almost forthright about the stakes of the project. "Reconnecting" migrants with families (while "saving UK taxpayers hundreds of thousands of pounds") means neither more nor less than shifting the cost of surplus workers' survival from capital and state(s) back onto the previous generation of proles. Millions of young (and older) income-seekers may be escaping the suffocation of 'homeland' and 'family' (while providing for their families economically) in an ongoing mass movement across Asia and worldwide, but in liberal Europe flight from the claims of Blood and Soil remains a privilege of the upper-middle class youth who provide the Charity sector's most eager volunteers.