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E-M:/ Immigrants and the Environment

Enviro-Mich message from "RASHID BARKAJI" <ACCESS-COM@worldnet.att.net>

The recent Sierra Club measure calling for restrictions on immigration
illustrates that there is a significant minority of environmentalists who
take an anti-immigrant stance with respect to environmental concerns.  A
positive outcome of this debate is the growing recognition that immigrants
are impacted by, not the cause of environmental degradation.  Immigrants
are often exposed to some of the worst environmental conditions in both the
U.S. and abroad, and in many cases the forces that cause migration and
environmental destruction are inseparable.

Environmentalists who are interested in this topic should check out  the
latest issue of Network News, a publication of The National Network on
Immigration and Refugee Rights (NNIRR), which is devoted to the theme of
Immigrants and the Environment. The issue includes an analysis of the
population and environment debate as well as profiles of efforts by
immigrant communities to address environmental conditions, including our
work at ACCESS. It is available for $3 from NNIRR, 310 8th Street, Suite
307 Oakland , California 94607. 

Kathryn Savoie
Environmental Program Director
Arab Community Center for Economic & Social Services
2651 Saulino Court, Dearborn MI 48120
313-842-7010 (phone), 313-842-5150 (fax)
e-mail: ACCESS-COM@worldnet.att.net  


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