Jan 14 2007

Africans Fly

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I’ve long believed that the future of Africa is tightly bound up with the future of Africans who have moved to Europe and the United States to pursue careers, education and family ties. African immigration has exploded in the last 20 years and shows no signs of moderating. Demand for skilled African, especially in low-birth-rate Europe is rising. In the short run, African societies are harmed by the departure of so much talent, but in the long run the homelands of talented Africans invariably will reap a bonanza.
I am much more optimistic about the ability of people of African-descent to revive and reform the economies and societies of east, west, south and central Africa than I am of the potential for foreign-aid donors to do the same. Success at home invariably flows from the dedication and ingenuity of the poor born there. Once a place is successful — like the U.S. — plenty of people from around the world will join the party. I dream of a day when my grandchildren see Africa as a place to pursue their legitimate self-interest, but for now Africa remains a place that is more beloved (especially by talented Africans working in America and Europe) in the rear-view mirror.I make a point of collecting small stories of the next generation of African leaders — people making a name for themselves right now in Europe and the U.S. One such person is Nyamko Sabuni, a rising star in Sweden, where she is a minister in the government. The daughter of a Congolese exile, Sabuni is married to a Swedish native and harbors important views about the importance of immigrant success in adopted countries. For African immigrants, the lesson is key. The more success they have away from home, the more they will be able to help their (original)home in the years ahead.

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