Migration remains a challenge

Friday, November 10, 2017

Irregular migration remains a fundamental challenge for both Africa and Europe, and therefore, commitments must not be wavered to reduce or even curb it. And to do that, both sides – Africa and Europe have to work hand-in-glove to skillfully do the operation.

The Interior minister was right when he talked about the need to addressing the root causes of illegal migration, because a problem cannot be solved without first of all knowing what the problem is.

“We urge our European partners to act in partnership on the root causes of migration; poverty, climate change, lack of democratic spaces, violations of human rights, and opportunities for life,” he said.

He was categorical to say that these policies should be anchored on the ideals of African solidarity as well as shared values, and informed by existing African Union frameworks including the AU Migration Policy Framework for Africa, the African Common Position on Migration and Development of 2006, the Common African Perspective for Valetta Summit on Migration of 2015, and Agenda 2063.”

From sub-Saharan Africa to Libya to Europe, the message is direct and simple – that’s to understand that migrants are human being and that immigration is a natural phenomenon. So therefore, migrants should be treated with dignity and respect .

Most people who migrate are pushed by circumstances in their home countries – for example war, poverty and persecution prompt people to become refugees, asylum seekers and labour migrants.

These emigrant producing countries are also grappling with litany of problems, scarcity of jobs and low salaries; forcing their people to seek opportunities elsewhere.

However, the options to stem the flow of their citizens are not limited to the African countries. African countries can create more jobs, build skills centers to train their youths to be more productive.

Former UN secretary general, Kofi Annan, once said: “We cannot ignore the real policy difficulties posed by migration.” “But neither should we lose sight of its immense potential to benefit migrants, the countries they leave and those to which they migrate.”

Migration brings with it “many complex challenges,” says UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. The issues include human rights, economic opportunity, labour shortages and unemployment, the brain drain, multiculturalism and integration, and flows of refugees and asylum seekers.

“‘Migration is as natural as breathing, as eating, as sleeping. It is part of life, part of nature. So we have to find a way of establishing a proper kind of scenario for modern migration to exist. And when I say ‘we,’ I mean the world. We need to find ways of making that migration not forced.”
Gael Garcia Bernal