African Refugees


Yesenia Vizguerra, Reporter

           African refugees have recently been benefited with the new initiative that will bring the vulnerable to Europe.

          An Interior Ministry official said the 19 Sudanese, were taken from a camp in Chad. They headed to a convent on Monday in eastern France after their arrival.

          The official,  wasn’t authorized to speak publicly and requested to be anonymous, said the second group of 25 refugees pre-selected in Niger are to arrive on Tuesday.

           The initiative was signed after an August summit in Paris between the African cities of Chad, Niger, and Libya and four other participating European countries that have to ensure that those selected for the initiative won’t make treacherous Mediterranean crossings — while heading off illegal entries.

           “I believe that it’s a good thing, what Europe is doing, to give these people a chance at a better life,” said Priscila Chavez (‘19).

          France committed to welcoming 3,000 from Niger and Chad within the next two years, and among 10,000 other refugees are to be selected from elsewhere.Europe is said to be committed to remain the continent of solidarity, tolerance, and openness, embracing its share of global responsibility.

          In the past 20 years, the European Union (EU)  has put in place some of the highest common protection standards in the world. In the past two years, the European migration policy has advanced in leaps and bounds on Migration proposed by the Juncker Commission in May 2015.

          A more united approach to dealing with migration is emerging, internally and externally. Internally, work has been intensified on the reform of the Common European Asylum System to have a more effective and fair approach. Externally, the EU has progressively put in place a genuine external dimension of its migration policy, reinforcing its actions within the Union.

       The EU has also stepped up its efforts to protect vulnerable groups in other nations, in particular children who are among the most exposed of migrants.

         The 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development recognises the positive contribution of migrants for inclusive growth and sustainable development. It also recognizes the challenges and opportunities of migration must be addressed coherently to those that can be accepted for this initiative.

        “I think it’s a good thing that people are being given a chance to work; hopefully this will help benefit the lives of those that are working,” said Cindy Oyervides(18’).