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African Migration to Europe: Obscured Responsibilities and Common Misconceptions

  • Dirk Kohnert

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    (GIGA Institute of African Affairs)

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 it fostered over decades corrupt and autocratic regimes with dire disregard to principles of ‘good governance’. The aftermath of these regimes is still felt today and constitutes one of the underlying factors for politically motivated migration. Second, the EU contributed to Africa’s economic misery due to its 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 fight African migration are questionable. Even development-oriented approaches are bound to fail, if not backed by sustainable immigration policies.

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Paper provided by GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies in its series GIGA Working Paper Series with number 49.

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Length: 24 pages
Date of creation: May 2007
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Handle: RePEc:gig:wpaper:49
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