In 2015, an unprecedented number of people from Africa and the Near East took flight and sought refuge in Europe. By the end of that year, some 1.8 million migrants had arrived in the EU, the vast majority having come across the Mediterranean. Since then, despite measures to host some of the people fleeing the Syrian war in Turkey and concurrent attempts to physically seal off some borders in Eastern Europe, the numbers of refugees traveling to Europe has continued to top half a million annually. A mass migration on a scale not witnessed in modern times is underway, and it has presented Europe with its greatest challenge of the twenty-first century.
Asfa-Wossen Asserate argues here that building higher fences or finding more effective methods of integration will only, in the long term, perpetuate rather than solve the problems associated with these large numbers of displaced refugees. We need to realize that we are only treating the symptoms of an oncoming catastrophe and that, if we are to respond to mass migration, we will ultimately have to understand its causes. African Exodus places its emphasis firmly on the causes of the refugee crisis, which are to be found not least in Europe itself, and charts ways in which we might deal with it effectively in the long term.
In the course of this analysis, Asserate asks why our view of Africa—a troubled continent, but rich in so many ways—is so distorted. How can we combat the corrupt, authoritarian regimes that stymie progress and development? Why are millions fleeing to Europe? How is the EU complicit in the migration crisis? And finally, in practical terms: what can be done, and what prospects does the future hold?
Haus Publishing; February 2018
- ISBN: 9781910376911
- Read online, or download in secure ePub format
- Title: African Exodus
- Author: Asfa-Wossen Asserate; Peter Lewis (trans.); David Goodhart (other)
Imprint: Haus Publishing
In The Press
“A powerful book encapsulating first-hand experience with bold statistics giving testimony to the claim that we are facing the greatest refugee crisis of our age."
— Victoria Schofield
“Amid the hysteria and distortions that surround immigration, in African Exodus Asfa-Wossen Asserate presents a sober and authoritative account of migration from Africa—and manages, with some verve, to unearth central and crucial insights. This book, really, is about the universal human desire to be free”
— Alex Perry author of The Rift: A New Africa Breaks Free
“A bitter and clear portrait of how Europe, instead of fighting the causes of immigration, is fighting the refugees themselves.”
— Christiane Grefe, Die Ziet
“Asserate’s short book is a plea for joined-up thinking on migration.”
— Financial Times
About The Author
Asfa-Wossen Asserate, born in 1948, is a prince of the Imperial House of Ethiopia. He has lived in Germany for more than forty years, works as a consultant for African and Middle Eastern affairs and as a political analyst author, and writes books in German. [Need translator bio.]