African Migration to Europe:Obscured Responsibilities and Common Misconceptions
AbstractThe 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.
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migration; West Africa; Europe; remittances; brain-drain; foreign trade policy; security; circular migration;
Other versions of this item:
- Dirk Kohnert, 2007. "African Migration to Europe: Obscured Responsibilities and Common Misconceptions," GIGA Working Paper Series 49, GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies.
- O52 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Europe
- O15 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Economic Development: Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration
- N44 - Economic History - - Government, War, Law, International Relations, and Regulation - - - Europe: 1913-
- F22 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Migration
- N37 - Economic History - - Labor and Consumers, Demography, Education, Health, Welfare, Income, Wealth, Religion, and Philanthropy - - - Africa; Oceania
- F42 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - International Policy Coordination and Transmission
- O55 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Africa
- R23 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Household Analysis - - - Regional Migration; Regional Labor Markets; Population
- F53 - International Economics - - International Relations, National Security, and International Political Economy - - - International Agreements and Observance; International Organizations
- N17 - Economic History - - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics; Industrial Structure; Growth; Fluctuations - - - Africa; Oceania
- F35 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Foreign Aid
- O2 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Development Planning and Policy
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- NEP-AFR-2007-06-11 (Africa)
- NEP-ALL-2007-06-11 (All new papers)
- NEP-MIG-2007-06-11 (Economics of Human Migration)
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