We will be made to pay for our silence

Mass immigration is a phenomenon that has affected so many countries in recent times. Most of these immigrants have been accused of being the cause of increased crime rates, and putting pressure on social amenities in the countries to which they migrate.

The important questions, often overlooked, are the following: who are these immigrants? Why are they migrating? And what can be done about it?

According to the 2017 international migration report by the UN, 93% of the 258 million migrants worldwide are asylum seekers. This is very relevant information, considering the very poor coverage of the violent crackdown on pro-democracy protests in Sudan at present. The high death toll is receiving little to no attention globally.

Is the world oblivious to the fact that the citizen victims of the Sudanese government’s massacre are the asylum seekers of tomorrow? Our silence to their plight will come back to haunt us when we are faced with the need to receive greater numbers of those people as immigrants.

Let’s not forget that, as Warsan Shire rightly said: “No one puts their children in a boat unless the water is safer than the land.”

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