On the 16th of June 2014, a group of Ethiopian migrants set up a protest in Valletta against our government supporting the very source of their hardship: the Ethiopian regime. It had to be these farmers to show the whole, true picture of migration. The solution lies in their countries of origins not here in Europe.
At the moment, there are two opinions on migration. The not-so-enlightened liberals want to open the European borders for all to come. They want regularise the situation of illegal migrants, give them voting rights and let them work without any concern for their cultural and linguistic capabilities. Christian democrats, socialists and eurocommunists have joined forces trying to eradicate every form of separation between cultures and nations. This is the current position of the EU. NGOs like Aditus and the UNHCR are simply supporting this stance and labelling everyone who does not agree as ‘racist’. They support fully the EU position for obvious reasons. A n increase in illegal immigrants correlates positively with an increase in their work and thus their salaries.
The people want a different stance and they are supporting far-right movements who have no real solution but to send everyone back home and let them face the music. But what about an alternative solution? One that would tackle the source of the problem. The Ethiopian farmers made it clear that they left their country since their government simply took their land for industry. Their options were to either work in the new industries for meagre pay or flee their homes. And who is urging the Ethiopian government to steal land and spoil it? Obviously it’s the West. First of all it was Western colonisers that left dictatorial regimes to rule Africa and secondly these countries have been locked in astronomical debts owed to the West [the USA and Western Europe] for the so-called ‘foreign aid’.
Evidently there’s another side to the story. The UNHCR and the NGOs are not the only ones benefiting from migration. The EU, a predominantly neo-liberal institution, holds an interest to lower wages in Europe. Illegal migrants hold the key. It’s easy. They saturate the labour market with surplus workers and thus employers have a larger choice and more room to reduce salaries. It’s basic Marxist economics, yet even the communists have fallen for the trap and want Europe to be full of Africans. The left has been dragged to numbness by capitalism. Of course, the West goes on supporting the African dictatorships! They are providing it with a good supply of workers and greater profits for big business.
Seeing all this the Ethiopian farmers have the best and most difficult solution. The West stops supporting the African regimes, they get weaker and the people can safely revolt and find a way that best suits them. If different tribes cannot live in the same nation-state, then they should form their own states without any nosing around from the West. Yes, prices in Western countries will increase since we wouldn’t be relying on stealing African resources yet we would have better wages since the European population is decreasing and employers would be forced to pay more to employ people with rare skills.
Europeans will be happy living in their own continent and Africans in theirs whilst big business will be forced to give out more money to the people. Until Europeans and Africans wake up and see how their governments are screwing them, we will all continue living in this mess.