“To Understand Europe’s Immigration Crisis, Listen to the Voiceless ‘Illegals'”

Huffington Post

By Akbar Ahmed

MEDITERRANEAN MIGRANTS
Today there is so much being said about Muslim immigration in Europe. Yet it is all too often in the abstract — we don’t usually meet those who are involved or hear their stories.
Last year, over 3,000 died trying to reach Europe, and the over 170,000 who managed to make it to Italy looked forward to what is often an extended period of misery as they encountered confused and sometimes contradictory European policy towards them. In the last week alone, Italy rescued around 4,000 migrants from the sea.
The immigrants who arrive enter the category of “illegal” and live in the shadows of Europe. To understand their plight and the challenges they are creating for European countries, I wanted to speak to the people involved, both the immigrants themselves and representatives of European governments who are dealing with them. With the current humanitarian emergency, notably in the Mediterranean where so many continue to die, it is crucial to hear their stories. Perhaps then we can gain some insight into what needs to be done to alleviate this monumental crisis.
It is for this reason that I launched the Journey into Europe project to study the Muslim communities of Europe, which has taken myself and a research team across the length and breadth of Europe, from France and Germany to Greece and Bosnia. In Catania, Sicily, in the last wintery days of 2014, I made the acquaintance of a 16-year-old boy from Gambia. It is important for all of us to hear what he has to say.

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One response to ““To Understand Europe’s Immigration Crisis, Listen to the Voiceless ‘Illegals'”

  1. Reblogged this on Eslkevin's Blog and commented:
    This is an important article and a must read for those needing background on the demographic mess which Europe has gotten itself involved in. I am particularly worried about Germany’s lack of leadership on this after my own issues with German emigration for my family less than a decade ago.

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