Geopolitical Supply Chain Rundown- June 4th, 2021

Europe seeks to tackle irregular migration from Africa 

Many European countries are looking to deal with irregular and illegal migration from Africa. The Italian Prime minister spoke with his Libyan counterpart to discuss migration and other issues. In Greece, the procedures governing deportations and returning migrants who enter Greece from developing countries will become tighter and stricter.  The goal is to continue the reduction of the migration burden achieved in recent months. President Emmanuel Macron of France has also warned of migration challenges if Europe’s development efforts in Africa fail. What is the big deal about massive migration you may ask? 

Migration to other countries is expected. As humans inherently seek greener pastures. However, when the numbers are incredibly high, host countries struggle to cope with the influx. In 2015/2016, Europe had a significant number of immigrants illegally. More than a million migrants and refugees crossed into Europe in 2015, sparking a crisis as countries struggled to cope with the influx, and creating division in the EU over how best to deal with resettling people.

The massive immigration has shown that the aids and policies in Africa have failed. Africa is the breadbasket of the world. If there is a continuous drain of human capital, supply chains will be affected, especially at the source. Migration is at the core of supply chain, and the failed policies in the continent are causing the human capital drain. If this continues, it is detrimental to African and Europe. Europe is not structured for the influx, and the human capital is overpopulated.  

I understand President Macron and reiterate that to curb this challenge, Africa has to be habitable. We must review the sustainability of our policies and how we source. Are Africans getting proper value for what they are pushing out? What about exploitative contracting? How can we institutionalize ethical sourcing in Africa? Other systemic issues like security, are making people migrate, and I believe the EU can help and hold the hands of African leaders to solve this if they allow. 

 

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