Global housing has been a problem for years, but has recently reached a peak as housing prices and demand reach their zenith, and supply, their nadir. According to Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs, shelter, a psychological need, is a basic necessity, a foundation for livelihood. As long as city planners and zoners vest their interests in business over local citizens, urban populations balloon, and contractors struggle to meet the high demand for housing, citizens of the world will struggle to afford roofs over their heads. Boise, Idaho and Vancouver, Canada are both areas in which locals face housing serious housing shortages…


Boise: Welcoming of Refugees but not Californians

Californians are leaving their state in droves, fleeing the wake of California’s liberal politics for pristine and sparsely populated Idaho. For years, Californian cities have struggled with homelessness brought on by a dearth of affordable housing and a bearish job market. Idahoans attribute the rapid development, rampant homelessness, and rising housing prices to Californians, and blame the group for the many problems they bring with them. Californians have become the scapegoat, the go-to group by citizens who pride themselves in being welcoming, at least when it comes to refugees. Whereas many cars in…


Historical Causes (Past): How have global factors shaped my issue?

  • our global economy is set up to favor some while disadvantaging others. large wealth gap/ wealth disparity
  • housing prices continue to rise as people buy second, and third houses while others cannot afford one
  • individuals who have taken advantage of the resources in their region (sometimes exploiting their region) turn elsewhere/ set their sights higher towards untapped resources of other areas- whether it be overseas or across borders.

Current Problem: What other parts of the globe share this problem? How is it the same and how is it different?

  • Chinese…

Global housing crises do not stop in Boise Idaho, however. With the rise of bitcoin and liquid currencies in China, people with nowhere else to put their money invest in second, third, fourth houses- buying up real estate and leaving others insecure. According to Mother Jones, “In an era of low interest rates, sluggish economic growth, and rising political uncertainty, rapidly appreciating real estate in stable Western countries offers wealthy hedgers an increasingly rare opportunity for profits and safety.” According to Forbes, “In a world awash with (global) liquidity and Bitcoin riches, everyone is buying real estate right now just…


Boise: Welcoming of Refugees but not Californians

Californians are leaving their state in droves, fleeing the wake of California’s liberal politics for pristine and sparsely populated Idaho. For years, Californian cities have struggled with homelessness brought on by a dearth of affordable housing and a bearish job market. Idahoans attribute the rapid development, rampant homelessness, and rising housing prices to Californians, and blame the group for the many problems they bring with them. Californians have become the scapegoat, the go-to group by citizens who pride themselves in being welcoming, at least when it comes to refugees. Whereas many cars in the capital city Boise can be seen…


For conservative out-of-staters moving from Californian metropolises, Idaho is an attractive alternative to their problems back home. According to Business Insider.com, “Idaho is a hot destination during the pandemic: 194% more people moved into the state than out since March, per data from moving marketplace HireAHelper.” Idaho is one of the fastest growing states in the US, the majority of the population growth being from Californians (LA Times). CNN quoted a man on this, “‘The Boise land rush, I call it,’ said Jenkins, a consultant aerospace engineer who relocated to Idaho In November. ‘I’ve never seen so much construction. Not…


Because of Trump’s ‘America First’ political agenda and targeting of refugees, the number of refugees admitted to the United States dropped by 86 percent from 2016 to 2020 (U.S. Department of State Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration Refugee Processing Center, “Summary of Refugee Admissions as of September 30, 2020). These historically low rates have trickled down to the state level, and has cut the number of refugees admitted yearly into Idaho by half. Back in 2017, Idaho Governor Butch Otter (R) demanded “a halt to ‘rubber-stamped’ immigration-refugee programs” (Half the World: Refugees Transform the City of Trees) and echoed…


Philippe (left) and Driss (right)

It was in my American high school’s AP French class that I watched the film Les Intouchables for the first time. The film had the whole class laughing throughout, and spirits were high from recognizing both the language and culture we had learned about in class played out on screen. The result: a breakthrough moment establishing unity among in a class that had previously felt disconnected. Witnessing the special relationship built between the character Driss, a spunky Senegalese immigrant, and Philippe, the traditional quadrapalegic Frenchman he looks after, put both the class dynamic and our understanding of France into perspective…


Philippe (left) and Driss (right)

The film, “Les Intouchables” was not found to be as appealing/ commercially successful in America as it was in France due to the American obsession with political correctness. American critics are hyper-conscious about issues of race due to the racial trauma deeply embedded in our society dating back to the arrival of the first African slave ship. The issue of immigration in France, however, is not as tied to race/racism as it is in America, thus racial stereotypes are not widely acknowledged/ do not carry the cultural weight that they do in America. The issues of religion, native culture, and…


Global citizenship inspires us to look beyond borders, past divisions and pretenses, and into communities with one another in which we feel invited to express our individual humanities, not just display our citizenship. The effect is unifying and facilitates connections across people who inhabit vastly different physical spaces who align in certain universal spaces, or interest groups. While some assert that regional identities facilitate the strongest sense of belonging due to identification with a place in the national social order, but I disagree. Global citizenship is inclusive of more personal attributes than broad national ones. …

Emily Bormann

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