Nov 30, 2012, 10:52 AM
If you think that repatriating the African sons from Europe is the answer, I say you better think twice. European leaders are expected to offer African countries billions of dollars in exchange for repatriating migrants that have moved to Europe in search of work, not to escape war. They labeled them as economic migrants. Is this everything? No.
The proposal of European Union through European Commission is unfair and in a serious contravention of human rights ‘right to free movement.’ EU Should take note.
African leaders should think twice
But more attention is needed by African leaders.There are of course consequences attached to this proposal and they should think about that before selfishly accept it. 2 billion euros brings a very little development in one country much more continent. Grants are given to all the African countries which are more than this amount yearly but where could one see that effect. If EU wants to help Africa and its people as well as tackling the burden affecting them there should be another way to do it than. Europe and America are enriched by Africa and its people in a manner that is even worst, by far, than migration. That is now history. Africa and it sons accept it with good faith and life is going on.
Role of African leaders in Illegal migration
For African leaders, signing this proposal will be pitiful for the fact that when these young people were living, they were on top of the reasons behind their movements and they were silent on it. Young people were dying in the Mediterranean, family members crying and no condolences from the leaders. They played no role and at one point I will say they were in support of it for the fact that the demands from the young people weren’t met deliberately.
The youth of Africa were heard clearly that they are migrating in search of better lives not even for themselves but their family, country and the continent just to compliment the efforts of the leaders by making it a better place. They are of the view that it has gone over 50 years since majority of the countries in Africa gained their independents and yet no improvement. The only question left on their tongue is when would this climate of poor living change which remained unanswered for over 50 years after 2billions unfulfilled promises.
Few reasons that cause illegal migration
Poverty! Many citizens of Africa are living from hand to mouth even with employment. This makes survival difficult and it’s a pushing factor of migration since human being must eat to live. Think about feeding dependency on young people who are expected to take care of their wives, old parents, sisters and brothers to feed on a daily basis at least three meals. This situation is not being addressed by African leaders for over 50 years. Why youths should not be compelled to look for better situation.
Greater number of university graduates in Africa is young people. They are sitting without consideration for employment after investing huge amount of money on it. Creating more learning institutions on the continent is a way forward for development. However, not creating platforms where they should recover as far as employment is concern is a way forward for backwardness. Skills training schools are provided up to advance levels, scholarships are given sometimes but the result of aftermath of that learning is mostly characterized by a mess because there is no convincing job market created. Consequently, this is making people to leave in order to make best use of their knowledge for them to get their desires.
Low Income is a factor of migration which has not been taking care of after 50 years. Young people being the bread winners of their family are earning below average. This is why in Africa; even those who have jobs are forced to quit just embarking on this dangerous journey with the expectancy of earning higher in Europe.
Possible consequences of 2 billion dollars offer of EU by African leaders to repatriate migrants
Many of these migrants have spent their entire savings, some sold their only plots of lands, some sold their domestic animals, and some borrowed money from others who are yet to be settled. 2 billion dollars is not meant for compensation.
Some migrants include civil servants and security officers have embarked on the journey to Europe without consulting their employers. It will be a right infringement as some may face possible prosecution or even illegal detention or maltreatment by African states.
It will escalate the dependency rate on their family members as well as on governments since there is no direct share for them in the 2 billion dollars.
The consequent to this can be a conflict among people and on the continent as a whole that may need more than 2 billion dollars to be settled. Expect more crimes involving young people.
It is could be a gateway to terrorism. When they are repatriated, one can expect so many formation of gangs and resistant movements which may eventually cause terrorism in many areas of the country.
2 billion dollars cannot settle unemployment crisis on the continent nor can it eradicate poverty that is forcing the young people of Africa to leave. Therefore, the jungle life style ‘survival of the fittest’ will characterized the situation which may lead to conflict.
It can cause mental disorder to many young people due to over-stress.
Many of the African migrants have filed asylums due to persecution, conflict and poverty. Deporting them back home to face some of the brutal leaders of Africa can have a serious impact of their rights to life and protection. Expect more human rights violations.
It will worsen the economic status of Africa because the lives of the people who remained on the continent could not improve. How about bringing back thousands of African youth with only 2 billion dollars change the situation? No way.