They're not Coming 'Home'. Why the Propaganda?

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quizzical
They're not Coming 'Home'. Why the Propaganda?

They, Mennonites seeking religious freedom, were here for a quick visit and decided they didn't like  Canadian secular society and moved to Mexico 100 years ago. Now their ancestors say they're coming "home" becuse their life in Mexico didn't turn out.

IMV they need to go back to Germany then if they want a "home" return.

http://nationalpost.com/news/canada/a-century-ago-our-families-left-the-...

 

6079_Smith_W

Mennonites were forced out of Germany as refugees hundreds of years ago, and more came here fleeing the turmoil in Russia in the early 1900s. Never mind that many probably wouldn't be allowed to emigrate there, their home is where they feel it is.

Making a point about First Nations status is fine, but this is also the adoptive home of many other people. It is not fair to tell other recent immigrants and refugees that their rightful home is someplace else. And it is not accurate in the case of Mennonites either.

quizzical

i've read up a bit on Mennonites  since i posted. i take your point. somewhat.

this is not their "home". because their family emmigrated away 100 years ago.

they're no different than any other refugee seeking refuge now. they've no propriatory right to come here before other refugees. to try and spin it as ex pats returning is a lie.

6079_Smith_W

Well they talk in the article about visa problems, so I don't think they assume anything is a done deal.

My point is that one cannot say their home is Germany either. By that reckoning my home (the place my name came from) is somewhere I have never been to, nor has anyone in my family for the past five generations or so. We have no family there.

Interestingly enough, at the time of reunification Germany did establish a policy of allowing a free right of return to ethnic Germans, and some of Mennonites who had left for Russia did return. That no longer applies.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volga_Germans