Illegal immigrant

With a significant slowdown in the surge of migrants streaming across the Southwest border, it stands to reason that the number of deaths among those braving the crippling heat of Arizona’s desert frontier with Mexico would also decline. But it didn't. In fact, even more people died attempting the perilous crossing: 117 bodies have been recovered along migration routes in southern Arizona since Jan. 1, compared with 108 bodies during the same period last year. What happened?

After weeks of warnings about the dangers involved in Europe’s migrant influx, and fears about winter’s arrival, the worries of public officials and humanitarian groups were realized on Monday when thousands of asylum seekers, many of them families with small children, began to back up at crossings and were stranded in a chilly rain.

“We can’t welcome everybody,” a Bavarian-based newspaper wrote recently. Crowding thousands of people from different cultures into tents and hoping that they follow German customs was simply irresponsible. There were 1,000 criminal acts, 2,000 police interventions and 3,000 injuries over a two-week period alone. All this self-congratulatory talk of hospitality had to stop.

Stepping up European attempts to clear away hundreds of thousands of migrants whose asylum claims have been denied, E.U. leaders early Friday bolstered the powers of the pan-E.U. border agency to deport people.

Cet article analyse la relation entre les aspirants migrants et les facilitateurs à la migration à partir de la perspective de l'endroit de départ, tel que le Cameroun anglophone. Le document vise à aller au-delà d'une perspective étatiste sur la migration dite irrégulière en se concentrant sur les idées empiriques sur les perspectives des aspirants migrants, les membres de leur famille, ainsi que sur des observations directes entre les migrants et les facilitateurs dans leur contexte respectif. 

This paper analyses relations between aspiring migrants and migration brokers from the perspective of a place of departure, such as Anglophone Cameroon. The paper seeks to go beyond a statist perspective on so-called irregular migration by drawing on empirical insights into the perspectives of aspiring migrants, their family members, as well as on direct observations between migrants and brokers within their respective context.

In anglophone Cameroon, migration brokers are widely admired public figures; however, testimonies of deceptions abound. How do emigration candidates who give money to these professional intermediaries consider the risk of being scammed ?

Au Cameroun anglophone, les « migration brokers » sont des personnages publics largement admirés ; cependant, les témoignages de tromperies abondent. Comment les candidats à l’émigration qui donnent de l’argent à ces intermédiaires professionnels envisagent-ils le risque d’être escroqués par eux ?


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