The terms “refugee”, “immigrant”, or “asylum seeker” often conjure up images of people climbing fences and walls, or crammed in life rafts crossing dangerous oceans and seas. The media and the Internet are full of pictures and videos of refugees desperate to escape atrocities. Women can be seen carrying young children and babies crying because they’re too hungry or scared or both. These migrants usually flee in search of peace.
But that peace is elusive, as people in host countries often turn out to be as hostile and unwelcoming as the home the refugees fled. Cries of “They’re draining our resources! The crime rate has risen! They don’t speak English!” are all too familiar. In addition to that, the rise of right-wing nationalism in the west have emboldened those making racist remarks against refugees and immigrants. When xenophobic citizens in the hosts countries blame people fleeing persecution for everything wrong that happens in the community, they are in a way conducting war on the same victims. The war is psychological, but it’s still war. Continue reading “Africa Can Learn from Successful Refugees and Immigrants Abroad”