When it comes to African refugees we’ve worked with many people from Sudan and Eritrea in Calais…but in Paris, we met a different demographic.
Whilst there were still many people fleeing the genocide in Sudan and the dictatorship of Eritrea…we met people from other African countries too. Countries like The Ivory Coast and Guinea.
It was our first time meeting these nationalities and it was super interesting to understand the decisions people make when looking to start a new life.
Due to a history of colonisation, these boys from Guinea and The Ivory Coast already speak French, whereas, for the Sudanese, English was the European language they learnt at school.
That’s why many of them hope to make it to the UK, knowing that by speaking the language, it increases their chances of integration and getting work, or even rebuilding their previous careers as doctors or lawyers etc.
The sad thing is that only certain countries are recognised or prioritised for asylum claims…countries at war or with unstable governments.
The harsh reality is that if you are fleeing extreme poverty, you have suffered devastating trauma or even if your whole family have died, you could still very likely be sent all the way back.
The world is currently seeing a mass migration of people which will only increase.
We can’t keep ignoring this problem.
We need to figure out how to welcome one another and live happily alongside each other AND QUICK!
We need to create this global family.