Tackling the Roots of “Illegal Migration” in Africa

On August 9, 2023, the Red Cross reported that 41 migrants died in a shipwreck off the Italian island of Lampedusa. That figure adds to more than 2,500 people who have reportedly died or gone missing during dangerous sea crossings in 2023 alone. Young Africans continue to risk their lives to migrate illegally to richer countries because their governments fail to create a viable economic environment for job opportunities.

Addressing this migration issue requires a review of the migration frameworks of both leaving and receiving countries. Beyond that, African governments must actively address the root causes of migration, including poverty, bad governance, political instability, poor quality education, and lack of employment opportunities.

To read more, check the full article on Ventures Africa.

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