If in the last post we considered Asia as an unknown continent, Africa is completely out of general knowledge. Such a great and ‘rich’ continent has not been as fortunate as others. Africa is suffering through a non industrial development and consists of many failed states that are causing the developed world to consider it “the third world”.
These are basically the reasons why so many Africans have to leave their countries in search of work. “Sometimes, for months on end, young African men and women risk everything, including their lives, to take on the perilous trip across dozens of borders and the treacherous waves of the Mediterranean Sea in search of a better life in the North. Some die along the way, some are turned back and some who finish the journey realise that life may not be easier across the frontier. But with few jobs and dim prospects at home, millions of youths and young adults in Africa still choose to migrate, often clandestinely”. [See more here]
A great number of african migrants come from Sub-Saharan Africa. As you can see in the image above, we are talking about countries located in the South of the Sahara desert, excluding Sudan (light green country).
Also many others come from Libya. This particular group has to pay big amounts of money to traffickers to leave the conflict of their country. The war in Somalia is another reason for somalis leaving their country looking for asylum in the North. The principal destination of those african immigrants are Lampedusa (Italy), Spain, Greece, and Turkey due to the proximity of them with Africa.
It is an unstoppable phenomenon, wars, failed states, extreme poverty, non industrial development and inappropriate financial investment imply that africans cannot develop a fulfilling life. “[…] successful international cooperation to spur Africa’s economies will depend on adequate financing for the continental development strategy […]” said Gumisai Mutume.
The International Law is currently insufficient for migrants who leave their countries in search of work. Those individuals are protected by two Conventions of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) who’s domain is considered as international regulation for conditions of work. This organisation brings together “government, business and labour” which is the base of industrialised societies. Employment of quality is fundamental to develop ‘decent societies’.
On the other hand, economic migrants, seafarers and self-employed are covered by the UN International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of all Migrants Workers and Members of their Families. But this Convention has not been signed by many countries, as you can see in the following picture. The countries in ORANGE do not ratify this Convention.
The are many issues involving these problems and there are many challenges that the UN, governments and other international organisations have to achieve. Some of them are: ensuring human rights to those individuals, offering economical opportunities, avoid labour shortages, unemployment, multiculturalism and integration, refugees and asylum seekers.
One more time we should insist on why it is good to accept migrants. They are part of the global economy and it is enhanced when they are part of it, and they help our long term ageing populations to be sustainable. We have to create efficient departments to regulate irregular migration without condemning those individuals for being “illegal”. As a whole we have to be concerned about illegal entry, bogus marriages, overstaying temporary admissions, abuse of asylum systems and the difficulties of removing unsuccessful applicants to find solutions which respect the integrity of those humans.
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