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How can European policies for youth employment in Africa be better aligned with irregular migration policies?

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Paschal Mihyo - African Institute for Development Initiatives , Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.
2017-07-13 13:49

The urge to leave the continent in search of jobs and other opportunities is more pronounced in least developed countries on the continent. Even though in some middle income countries such as Namibia youth unemployment rates are high the push factors for migration are lower. The best contribution from the EU to stem the tide of irregular migration would be to support economic transformation through dynamic investment in productive industries, offering better prices for commodities and going for value addition. This requires joint investment in ... read more »

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Hector Niehues-Jeuffroy - GIZ
2017-10-29 17:52

If European youth employment policies in Africa are indeed to contribute to a reduction of irregular migration, they need to create employment in those sectors and for those strata of African societies that are most prone to irregular migration. Contrary to conventional wisdom, these aren't the poorest of the poor, as these typically lack the resources required to migrate to Europe. Instead, youth employment policies should focus on a mix of

private sector development initiatives (including entrepreneurship education, microfinance, and tec... read more »

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Dr.Emmanuel T. ZAGBLA - African Institute For Strategies Studies (AFISS)
2017-11-23 14:14

The main problem in Africa is Democracy. But I would like to ask another question: Is the EU really willing Democracy in Africa? This question is fundamental to resolve the ongoing problem  of Mass migration in Africa. "Democracy " is something we need to understand, even though it's not easy. The kind of Democracy depends on the country we are taking in consideration. So, let's take two countries: Benin and France: are we going to consider the same kind of Democracy in two different countries? France is an industrialized country while Benin is... read more »

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