The topic of the radio show this Friday 29th October was “The reality Europe does not show you on TV”. Regine Nguini Psaila and Lorraine Fotso gave some advice and recommendations about the things to know before migrating.
“Immigration is the act of leaving one's country and moving to another country of which they are not natives, nor citizens, to settle or reside there, especially as permanent residents or naturalized citizens, or to take-up employment as a migrant worker or temporarily as a foreign worker.” (Usimmigration.org)
PSAILA listed the motivations of migrating : economics, lack of prospects, the war etc. And explained also that once in Europe, migrants' aspirations are met with legislations that prohibit them from working if they do not have papers.
FOTSO demonstrated how the TV does not show the reality in Africa and said that “there are not as much opportunities in Europe as in Africa ''. So it is better to stay at home if you can create and develop your business or pursue your studies.
For example in Malta, the entertainment industry is very discriminative and reports of Africans being denied access to NightClubs are numerous. Reasons given by the bouncers were as fallacious as “We have reached the quotas of Black people allowed inside”. Based on the accents; they decide what Black person goes in. African accents are particularly targeted and usually left out.
The purpose of the show was not to deter Africans from coming to Europe; as migration is a human right, but, to recommend them to read testimonies of discrimination, social exclusion; hardships; briefly to get information in order to know more about living conditions in the West.
Watch the full episode here