On our Wednesday, April 29, 2015 Program:
"The Plight of African Immigrants Seeking New Opportunities Abroad“
Thousands of Africans are risking their lives each day to embark on the perilous land trip across African borders and the treacherous waves of the Mediterranean Sea in search of a better life in Europe. More than 800 migrants drowned when a ship capsized last week in the Mediterranean. In fact, many migrants die along the way and those who eventually reach European soil soon realize that life on another continent may not be any easier. But their desire to leave conflict zones, the lack of jobs and dim prospects at home, millions young Africans still choose to migrate, often clandestinely. More than 10,000 people reached European shores in the past two weeks, with Italy and Greece being their primary destinations. European Union leaders held emergency meetings late last week in Brussels to discuss solutions to the migrant crisis.
Meanwhile, for the third time in seven years, xenophobic violence against immigrants has erupted in parts of South Africa. Since the end of apartheid in 1994, approximately five million immigrants have settled in South Africa; most are Africans from further north pursuing economic opportunity or refugees seeking the political stability of the continent’s most highly developed nation.
Join us for our live, one-hour television and radio call-in simulcast of "Straight Talk Africa" when host Shaka Ssali and his guests examine the plight of African immigrants and the challenges they face as they seek better opportunities.
Question of the Week:
What are the primary reasons why so many Africans are risking their lives to migrate to Europe, South Africa and other places?
Send your thoughts and comments via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, post your comments on our Facebook or Twitter pages. And, maybe Social Media Reporter, Mariama Diallo will read them "live" on our Wednesday broadcast.
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