What is happening in Europe is a harbinger for America. The Information age has flattened the globe. People know what life is like elsewhere. They see plenty, and safety where they have scarcity, and mortal danger. People migrate to where “the grass is greener,” when they have no employment, opportunity, liberty, or peace.
Moreover, there are currently fifteen African countries involved in war, or are experiencing post-war conflict and tension. The major conflict countries are Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Togo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan, & Uganda.
Refugees and economic migrants have discovered the wealth and peace of Europe. They risk their lives to escape their world and flee to “Paradise.” Europe cannot accommodate all the refugees, and economic migrants who want to come there. If there were no obstacles, half the population of Africa, and a large part of the population Arabia would move to Europe. And that would be just the beginning of Europe’s problems. The foreboding future growth in population will test their mettle.
Africa has two related characteristics, high birth rate, low employment. More than 1 billion people live in Africa today. Their unemployment rate is the highest in the world: 43.7%, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Population projections show 4.2 billion people by 2100, outstripping Asia. More than half of those 2.5 billion will be working age (15-64). If things are not far better then, more that half will be unemployed. 1.3 billion people unemployed?
The people risking everything to get to the U.S. and Europe have tremendous motivations, especially when the descriptions they hear are wildly exaggerated.
Imagine what it would take for you to leave your home and family, pay your life savings and all you can borrow to someone who says they will get you to your destination, despite the law. You board a rickety, overloaded, fishing boat across the Mediterranean. All this in hopes of employment and services common to the West.
Aside from escaping oppression or war, most want to earn enough to feed and shelter themselves and their families. The way the world works is: you farm/fish/hunt/gather food, or trade labor for money, then trade money for food. No farm, no money, no food.
Unless the right to give birth changes, we must bridge the gap between food and burgeoning population, or face constant unrest, and armed conflicts. The current model of life will not support those who do not serve a valuable purpose.