My Newspaper Article to The African Bulletin, January 2017
02 Jan 2017
I Stand Up for Refugees and Migrants Rights! Who do you Stand Up for?
(By: Julius P. Kessy)
Movement is one of inherent characters of humanity and almost everything in physical universe is in motion. As Sir. Isaac Newton said; every object remains in its state of rest unless compelled by an external force.
Among few of us, movement implies changing nearly everything in our lives, be it changing households or townships, workplace or enrolling in a college abroad. To some, movement is beneficial. It builds muscles, clears mind and workouts heart. Yet for most of us, movement is not simply a physical activity rather an overwhelming task. Not everyone chooses to move, some are forced to against their will.
In the context of this current moment when the world witnesses more refugees now than any period in history it’s worthy to consider the issues facing fellow humans who leave their homes either as refugees, asylum seekers or internally displaced citizens. As we observe Human rights Day every year, this time we are called upon to stand up for someone’s rights and to reaffirm our common humanity to make a real difference.
I argue all of us to step forward and stand up for the rights of refugees or migrants, the challenges concerning security, health, employment, xenophobia, education, etc. that they face in host countries are enormous. If we remain fearful about the way countries of the world are heading then disrespect for basic human rights will assume a cancerous spread and put human values at risk. In contrast to what some believe, migrants play a pivotal role in the global economy, bringing growth and innovation in both the countries they come from and those they move in thus boosting economic growth, meeting skill shortages and help creating a more dynamic society.
Although immigrants are blamed of flooding borders, stealing jobs, add a burden on taxpayers and threaten indigenous cultures, we need concrete solutions through policies that allow the benefits to outweigh losses. Immigrants have expanded countries’ productive capacities through stimulating investment and entrepreneurial ideas which produces efficiency gains and boosts per capital income.
It is not only higher-skilled migrants who account for development in such countries; even the less skilled or unskilled play essential roles in the construction, agriculture and services sector. In fact this will be more imperative in the future to ensure constant supply of labor augmented by foreign workers. In the US and most European nations immigrants have founded and co-founded companies of global reach that have fueled our information age and created job opportunities to the natives. Most of western nations face a demographic collapse with aging populations and low birth rates, it is wiser for these developed nations to support a safe and orderly migration and no wonder they will have to rely on immigrants to sustain and drive economic growth in future. As we’re all the immigrants of this world; we must celebrate the generations of immigrants across nations who have helped laying the railroads, build cities and pioneer new industries to create a decent life and make nations of the world better places.On the other hand, at this particular moment I would also like us to come together and remember African refugees and migrants who have lost their lives or have disappeared while trying to reach the golden pot at the end of a rainbow awaiting them in Malta Island and so many other destinations. I appeal in a tender voice on our fractured politics and crippled economy that further tempts countless Africans into a deadly game of get free or die trying in attempt of reaching Europe in promise of a paradise life. With time dilation, we’ll notice that today’s African theory of leading appears lagging and indeed a twin paradox to the rest of the world where political mechanisms have moved in a right direction to satisfy most sectors of human importance. This is the most important thing to learn as a crop of young leaders emerging from the roots, i.e. practicing what is preached in political forums. Our philosophy of leading must incline in dealing with social, political and economic problems at home before seeking economic shelter elsewhere. Doing so we’ll restore Africa as a pole of global growth and influence where leading is phenomenal and in reality a patriotic move for each African in the diaspora to consider getting back home to develop and make proud mama Africa.
MEDIA BLACKBERRY, The Publisher of The African Bulletin, the first African Newspaper published in the Netherlands since 2002
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