Why I take on immigration in my new Radio Detective “Blood Border”
Migration is as old as mankind. We’ve all heard about one massive exodus or the other in history, and once again we find ourselves in a time when migration is moving to the top of the list of our world’s problems. It is no longer a minor thing in the shadows of our consciousness, like it has been for a while. It is on the front page, it is on the tube, it is all over the place, it is back with a vengeance.
I grew up in a different world, when the east of our continent was hidden behind the Iron Curtain and the Berlin Wall. No one migrated from that place, be it the German Democratic Republic (DDR) or Romania or the USSR or any other country over there. Some people migrated to my country from Turkey (among others), but they migrated to do the jobs no one else wanted to do. Borders where solidly in place: to get from the south of the EU to the north, one had to cross several borders, each one of them closed and guarded. You needed papers, you needed a story, you needed permits. So, people basically didn’t move around that much in the EU. Elsewhere, there were refugees (I remember Vietnam quite vividly), but that was on the TV, far away, and gone the next morning.
Guess what happened: it came back, and spreaded, and grew.
By now, I have been numbed by endless tales of horror from the immigration fronts. Boats full of people going down in the Mediterranean, thousands of refugees entering the EU from war-torn nations from the south, violent clashes along the US-Mexican border, gangs from Eastern Europe along the Spanish coast… For years now it has been raining stories from the immigrants themselves — like this story “A 10-year-old immigrant faces risks, doubts on the journey to reunite with his mother” from The Washington Post — and it is impossible to remain cold.
So it was only a matter of time before the hero of my novels, Radio Detective and Bizz Jockey Carl Pappas, would speak up with his personal view on immigration. And that’s exactly what I’m doing right now: I’m publishing Radio Detective number 7: “Blood Border” — an independent crime novel that centers around illegal immigration. It’s not going to change the world, but I’m using my voice.
BLOOD BORDER is an independent novel in the series by M.H. Vesseur about the business radio “detective” who is both feared and adored by the worldwide business community. All radio detective novels are available in the Amazon store as ebooks and paperbacks.