The piece entitled “The Jungle” was spray-painted on a wall in the Calais refugee camp in France. The image shows Jobs carrying a black bag over his shoulder and holding an original Apple computer in his other hand. The artwork alludes to Jobs’ relation to a Syrian migrant. His father had come to the United States from Syria during World War II.
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Banksy accompanied his illustration with this pointed statement:
“We’re often led to believe migration is a drain on the country’s resources but Steve Jobs was the son of a Syrian migrant. Apple is the world’s most profitable company, it pays over $7bn a year in taxes – and it only exists because they allowed in a young man from Homs.”
The image highlights the clear benefits migrants can bring to the countries they move to.
Migration boosts the economy in increasing job growth. The Small Business Administration found that 30 percent of immigrants are more likely to start a business than non-immigrants and according to the National Venture Capital Association, 25 percent of public U.S. companies were created by innovative immigrants.
Banksy’s message underscores how ludicrous American fears are when migrants’ talents and creativity have remarkably changed our lives. I mean, could you really survive without your iPhone?
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