Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Integrating Immigrant Communities

Immigration is a sensitive subject and must be addressed as such.
I myself grew up in Europe the son of East African Students who ended up staying in Spain for the long term.
The truth is that the African Diaspora faces increasing challenges from the European Union and its immigration policies.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in its article 7 states that all are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law. All are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination in violation of this Declaration and against any incitement to such discrimination.
International law is on the side of ethnic minorities in France and if French citizens begin to assimilate the concept of good government and the rule of law to their civic institutions the National Front be displaced.
 The ethnic minorities in France should understand that Stockholm syndrome is not the answer to the current challenges we face. The reason most people leave Africa is to benefit from the safety and the public services developed countries can offer.  The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in article 22 states that Everyone, as a member of society, has the right to social security and is entitled to realization, through national effort and international co-operation and in accordance with the organization and resources of each State, of the economic, social and cultural rights indispensable for his dignity and the free development of his personality.
In due time African ethnic minorities will integrate into the European French population without anybody noticing they were once present.
The Africans themselves who are overseas are a source of income for those left behind as they send back remittances that are a form of direct investment that reaches those who need it most and are quickly and effectively channelled towards the right needs. It also helps build our financial and civic institutions as this is a form of revenue that is taxed by the government.
China is often cited as an example of a third world country that has successfully managed to industrialise. What is not mentioned is the fact that a lot of the initial capital needed to start this economic growth came from the overseas Chinese communities who had once fled China for a better future in the safe haven of South East Asia.
Today new waves of Chinese immigrants are arriving to Africa backed by the industrial military might of China that provides overseas Chinese with protection.
During the Apartheid era in the Republic of South Africa Japanese business men where re classed from being members of a coloured nation to European because Japanese business men would not tolerate the living conditions that were offered to them as coloured businessmen.
Those of African descent abroad should remember that the reality is Africa is passing through an awful time yet it is rich in natural resources, the poverty is caused by those who inhabit it that also happen to have relatives among the immigrant communities in France.  

Costa Magiga

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