Perhaps there has been a change of heart and those things not “typically German” are now not automatically bad or dangerous. Nevertheless, I ﬁnd the majority of articles still lack a critical analysis of the causes of the […]
Perhaps there has been a change of heart and those things not “typically German” are now not automatically bad or dangerous. Nevertheless, I ﬁnd the majority of articles still lack a critical analysis of the causes of the refugees’ ﬂight.
Who is behind these wars? What geopolitical interests are at stake? From where do the weapons come? Which companies are exploiting these countries? How does our way of life impact other lands? What are the consequences of the EU Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) on the Southern countries? Great prosperity and growth as predicted? Hardly. Instead, an increase in poverty, a lack of prospects, and thousandfold death in the wars. Perhaps this is a good reason to examine TTIP intensively.
Advancing economic interests by fomenting war in the name of democracy and humanrights?
Independent of the above, it must become clear to us that the causes of migration are partly our own responsibility. Political commitment to more ambitious climate protection, resource conservation and greater resource equity, fair trade and better cooperation on development are crucial for the sustainable development of global society. It should not and must not be that, as reported by Oxfam, the richest one percent of the world’s population owns more than the remaining 99 percent.
How long will weapons be used to secure economic interests? Do we actually believe that we can remain comfortably on our island of prosperity, cheaply procuring the resources needed for own our well-being, while walling out the misery of the world with barbed wire? Reality will catch up with us on our doorstep.
In my opinion, the press is responsible for bringing these issues to the attention of the citizenry that is, the impact of our policies, nationally or at the level of the EU, our economic activities and our patterns of consumption on other countries. Absurdly, political comedy shows (!!!) often explain the causes and consequences of the crises more eloquently than prominently scheduled talk shows or news programs. Comedy shows!
Poverty and lack of prospects – no reason for asylum?
Migration is not a new phenomenon. It is also normal and justiﬁable that European citizens are afraid of “mass immigration”. Nevertheless, before they condemn the refugees, they should look back on European history. Millions of Europeans, including many Germans, have emigrated for centuries due to poverty and in order to gain new possibilities. Are hunger and poverty not grounds for asylum? By that measure, those Europeans should not have been granted asylum in their host countries. Anyone today who believes that hunger, lack of prospects, insecurity and repression are not suﬃcient reasons to emigrate should put themselves in the position of those refugees.
It is also understandable that many Europeans are trying to secure and defend their wealth from the world’s poor. But we must remember that the basis of much of this wealth was colonial exploitation. An exploitation which continues unabated in many “independent” African countries due to the economic and political structures left behind at the end of the colonial era. We can no longer shut our eyes to this reality, which will catch up with us – and will do so sooner than we think. Today, many in Germany are protesting against TTIP. Now we must also raise our voices together against those German and EU free trade agreements, which have been concluded unilaterally to the detriment of the African countries.
Creating jobs through industrialisation of African countries
The youth of Africa will be a resource for the continent only if it is well educated and has good prospects for the future, otherwise it will be a ticking time bomb for Africa and Europe. Today, only about 20% of the refugees who come to Europe are from African countries. This number will certainly multiply if conditions are not altered drastically. According to the UN Population Development Report, Africa’s population will continue to grow massively – from 1.2 billion today to approximately 4.5 billion in 2100.
It is long overdue that the countries of Africa themselves utilise the vast resources of the continent and create jobs locally. If we are honestly trying to combat the causes of ﬂight over the long term, then we need a socially responsible and humane economic policy – only thus can we create sustainable economies to the advantage of all continents.