Immigration is generally perceived as the flow or movement of a person to a new destination in order to settle and build up his or her life. Currently in international affairs there is much more talk of “illegal” immigration, which is carried on by millions of people who are looking for a better life mostly in Europe and sometimes in America. This article is more about my African brothers, the thousands who have lost their lives trying to cross the sea to reach Europe, the thousands who are willing to risk their lives to go, and the hundreds who are doing so or taking the necessary steps while I’m writing this article and as you’re reading it. I followed a large number of speakers on a BBC Africa program in the week of September 15th, 2017. In their attempts to explain the reasons behind this sorrowful immigration situation for Africa and how to get out of it, they brought to the forth some remarkable points among which was the lack of jobs as main cause of this immigration race that i call “National exodus” ( it is actually a whole African nation that struggle on a daily basis to cross the sea to Europe). Therefore, it seems appropriate to analyze the issues of National exodus in Africa, job creation and whether the causal link is effective and justified between them.
The National exodus in Africa is an undeniable fact that appears to be rooted in our History, and seems to have taken a disturbing turn for the continent since the Slavery period. The difference is that our ancestors were physically forced to leave Africa to build Europe and America. it was quite difficult for western powers to achieve that because the Africans resisted fiercely with determination despite the complicity of some Africans. Thus, in a very strategic way our ancestors fought for centuries on several fronts efficiently except one, and we ended up with a physical independence for which many died and remained unknown, but others remembered such as kinta kunté, Toussaint Louverture, Soundiata Keita, Ayélé Selasé, King Gbéhanzin, Ousmane Dan Fodio, Thomas Sankara, Patrice Lumumba, and many others.the only aspect on which the struggle was not really effective might be the one leading us to the National exodus today: “the African mentality”. Our original mentality was rooted in our culture, where patriotism, fraternity, sharing, work, justice, respect and protection of each other were indisputable and predominant. These values have been buried deep within us by a sophisticated acculturation process to which we have yielded. It’s good to know that this National exodus is also fueled by strategies like the chosen immigration policy of France, the Lottery Visa of the USA and many others policies that allow Thousands of Africans to fly and live in conditions that seem much better than those in Africa and therefore, we continue to build those continents that understood the value of Africans and Africa far more than ourselves. It looks like a Policy of “getting the skilled african workforce out of the continent and maintaining in Africa those that could be controlled.” Continuing to make Europe, America and Elsewhere very attractive for everyone so they might be ready to die to live there “. It is a very acceptable and respectable policy since in international relations States do not have friends but only interests. These strategies are just part of relevant foreign policies practicies , carried on in harmony with the rules that all the Stats seem to have agreed up on. This state of affairs led two friends of mine that I respect a lot to say respectively:
“Our forefathers are certainly turning around in their graves because we are fighting today to go out of the African continent while they have fought hard and made sacrifices to stay and make sure we are free.” Michel de CAMPOS, a Military Strategies Specialist
-A fine day we might Wake up in an Africa where all skilled and very relevant people would have left the continent, remaining only “puppets” . Brunel Smith FAGNON,an Advertisements Manager and personal development Speaker
Each of them made a comment that is appealing.
I personally actuate each one of us to have an “active reflection”, the one which is expressed and observed solely through the leadership and development actions that are carried out for the development of our community, for “the eagle flies to the firmament but its remains always return to the land of its ancestors” says the African proverb. Africa is ours, we carry it within our souls and we are supposed to value it wherever we are. We are not against immigration from Africa, but we stand for the break of National exodus and the preservation of Africans’ lives. it’s up to us to build Africa and make it an extremely attractive destination where everyone wants to live. And this comes only with the renewal of our mentality as starting point. The American artist from Senegal, Akon said in Nairobi at the Africa Youth Conneckt Summit in 2017 that it’s Africans duty to put Africa on the spotlight and above all to brand it, to highlight everything that is positive and not all the negativity as we mastered.
Today more than ever, we think that Africa has everything it needs to take its God given quality place in the concert of Nations: we have an increasingly conscious generation that is no longer satisfied with the status quo, a land that still abounds with immense resources in spite of the “plundering” suffered in the past, and all the “great powers” are getting more interested in the continent. Moreover, a great number of women are getting in chage of businesses. For as President Obama said in Kenya, not involving women in the development process is like allowing a football team to play with more than half of the players out of the field on the bench. There goes our analysis of the Africans’ immigration to Europe issue. Let’s have the thougths of my fellows analysts of international affairs.
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