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African Migration to Europe:Obscured Responsibilities and Common Misconceptions

Dirk Kohnert

MPRA Paper from University Library of Munich, Germany

Abstract: The number of migrants from conflict regions in Africa has been increasing dramatically. The European Union shares dual responsibility for the continuing migration pressure: First, because they fostered over decades corrupt and autocratic regimes with dire disregard to principles of ‘good governance’. The aftermath of these regimes is still to be felt today, and constitutes one of the underlying factors for politically motivated migration. Secondly, the EU contributed to Africa’s economic misery, due to the damaging effects of European selfish external trade policy. Nevertheless, the prevailing perspective of the EU and of its member countries concerning African immigration remains to be focused on security, the foreclosure of its external borders and prevention. Current EU programs and concepts to combat African migration are questionable. Even development orientated approaches are bound to fail, if not backed by sustainable immigration policies.

Keywords: migration; West Africa; Europe; remittances; brain-drain; foreign trade policy; security; circular migration (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F22 F35 F42 F53 N17 N37 N44 O15 O2 O52 O55 R23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2007-05
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