Immigration: A Historic Cost in Dollars

As the world continues to connect via globalization, advanced communication and travel, immigration has continued to rise. Most notably immigration has rose exponentially in European and Western enclaves around the world.

“You should see Paris now, it’s little Africa.” She said with a chuckle. The francophone African woman I was interviewing for a story was detailing her experience from Senegal to France and finally the USA.

“We’re colonizing Europe.” She giggled and leaned in, forgetting I was American, “You’ll feel right at home.”

According to data from the Pew Research Center immigration from Sub-Saharan Africa has increased markedly since 2010. Germany and Portugal has seen some of the highest numbers with figures reaching over half a million souls.

One of the greatest areas of migration explosion has been in the area of asylum seekers, surging from unstable or war torn countries and failed states. Many of these Western nations as former colonial powers, are overextended attempting to manage former colonies that are still reeling from the ravages of colonialism and an aggressive slave-trade. Hence the movement of Sub-Saharan bodies tend to move toward the nations that formerly wielded power over their territory.

As a former British territory, Nigeria also has a high number of immigrants in the UK. The U.S. as a former UK colony and slave-trade destination also has a high Nigerian immigrant population. Slave records indicate here these slaves coming from the Bight of Biafra below from

It is clear now that Europe has something of an immigration issue at crisis level proportions. This growth is both organic and systemic, leaving European leaders and economists grappling for answers. Refusing to take on stranded asylums seekers and immigrants seems a heartless extreme; when other more effective alternatives exist.

If we consider that many Sub-Saharan immigrant are fleeing destabilized nations and slave-trade connected systemic poverty in their own nations, perhaps it is a far better idea to stimulate African economies than leave them depressed and unproductive. While such economies, produce easily extractable resources, they also produce massive influxes of environmental and political immigrants seeking opportunities, refuge, and asylum.

Perhaps, the European Union may save it’s economy by producing a stimulus package for former Sub-Saharan colonies that would remove the need for mass and crisis immigration entirely.

It has been estimated that US slave-traders purchased African slaves for $18/person. According to an article by Samuel H. Williamson of and Louis P. Cain of Loyola University Chicago, they estimate a slave’s cost in 2016 dollars equaled $150,000/per person. If unpaid wages were accounted with per/person slave prices in 2016 dollars and totalled with promised acreage values, even the US could offer a stimulus package to the descendants of former African slaves with impetus and incentives to build in Africa, thus eliminating the need for a continued influx from destabilized Sub-Saharan nations.

In fact, these traditional immigration points in the US, UK and the European Union might actually see some decreases in diaspora populations (both native and immigrant) if other alternatives abound.

The US stock market was formed for the sale of African slaves, so it would be easy to determine from records, bills of sale and deeds how to calculate the cost. Within 10 years, it is possible to reverse the influx of immigration and allow African nations to fully participate in the world economy.

Recently this year, the UAE released several small developing nations from debts they were unable to pay. And that made sense. The cost to recoup a failing investment is not financially sound. Likely, these Western enclaves might save their economies, culture and fiscal soundness by releasing African states to fully participate in the world market and become self-sufficient. Too many failed states in Sub-Saharan Africa are now adversely affecting populations miles away. Globalization is creating unforseen chaos that can be channelled into an sociopolitical power that saves both Africa and the West. A no-strings financial stimulus package that allows African governments and leadership to forge it’s own destiny will occupy all of Africa’s youth and may allow Western economic recovery time.

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