Why do people from Africa move and where do they go?
What should be done to change this distorted, often toxic, narrative once and for all? How can policymakers ensure that Europe’s migration policies are based on facts, rather than false, politically-convenient assumptions? These are some of the questions that participants at Friends of Europe’s 5 December Policy Insight ‘African perspectives: holding a mirror up to Europe’s migration policies’ addressed.
Among the recommendations to come from the debate were to: use data and evidence to build policies around the real picture of movement; design interventions aimed at improving lives at journey points other than Europe’s borders; provide more legal routes for migrants; cease collaborating with oppressive regimes to ‘stop migration’; engage with younger people in Europe and Africa to re-set the narrative and tackle xenophobia; and better amplify the growing positive actions being seen at grassroots level.
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