- Off Djerba Isle
The Tunisian beaches for tourists were not far from the tragedy
that happened in the middle of the night when an old trawler
carrying 250 illegal immigrants was wrecked. The trawler was
coming from Libya sailing close to the seashores of Tunisia heading
to Italy. Only 41 persons survived!
These young Africans were coming from far away! The most difficult
part was in front of them, to go to Italy with unscrupulous smugglers
who exploited them and put them to great risks.
When in our countries the immigration laws are becoming more
and more repressive with increased controls, why are there more
and more candidates to immigration? In spite of all deterrent
administrative rules and sophisticated means that are used, the
immigrants are still seeping into the fortress Europe. According
to surveys, 70% of the youth of North Africa are seeking to cross
to the other shore of the Mediterranean Sea. The new wall that
Europe tries to erect along its boundaries is not able to contain
the flood of newcomers. The often-inhuman hunting of illegal
immigrants is inefficient.
When young Africans are living in an extreme poverty, without
job, without hope, they have only one thought: leave their country
to go to Europe, the land of opportunity.
- Who will be able to prevent the poor to come where the
wealth is? Through the television they know how we are living.
When their country is torn apart by armed conflicts, is in the
grip of corruption, with no future, they want to escape from
the common fate.
Many perish at sea or are refused entry. Those who have to come
back to square one are not discouraged. They will seize the opportunity
to start all over again.
The future is certainly not in the closing of boundaries.
Between the two sides of the Mediterranean Sea, partnership is
in the state of project. We will have to deal with the challenges
of development and immigration. However, one day will come that
the old Europe will need Africa.