Here’s powerful analysis from leading European think-tank, Bruegel. The article suggests that whilst the G20 is redesigning its Africa strategy, migration from Africa is an increasingly controversial topic in European politics, even though total flows are stable. It argues that many hope that economic development in Africa will reduce migration pressures but warns that many African countries are so poor that increased wealth will actually accelerate emigration – by giving people the means to leave. The bottom line will be unpopular with many European voters – the EU should support economic development in Africa, but Europe also needs to realise that migration from Africa is likely to increase in the coming years.
Whilst I relate the thrust of the argument, I do not agree with the conclusions. It’s worth reflecting that if Angela Merkel did open the flood doors to migrants, perhaps the UK would not be proceeding to Brexit.
Surely, Europe’s voters just will not accept increased immigration from Africa?