Immigrants Dreams Fading Away Fast [Part 1]

Thu, 28 Jul 2011 Source: Quaye, Stephen A.

Immigrants Dreams Fading Away Fast. [Part 1] “ABROKYERE ASA”

From: Stephen A.Quaye, Toronto-Canada.

Perhaps you have heard about the way people who are seeking greener pastures in Europe, America and other parts of the world far from their country of origin are finding it very difficult to make ends meet but you do not want to accept it.

You had the opportunity to watch December 2, 2010 documentary aired by CNN about how some people were recruited from some West African countries and transported to United States of America only for them to be treated like captives but still you think the story was untrue.

You do still not believe that life is getting harder to live in overseas these days because when eating your fufu and bush meat soup in Ghana, all that you think about is landing on the white man’s country and starting to spend the dollars.

Or you are disputing the fact that the economic recession which hit the developed countries from 2007 which seriously affected their economy making living conditions hard has gone away therefore all that you are dreaming about these days is seeing yourself walking on flurries, wearing winter jackets and going to work to also collect dollars so by all means you have to travel to an overseas country.

If this is your dream, then you are getting your future wrong and is better you start changing your mind and instead strife to develop your own life in Ghana because,”ABROKYERE ASA” to wit, there is no greener pastures in overseas countries. There is nothing wrong for one to study the economic situation of his country of origin and take a decision of changing destination moving from that country to live in another foreign destination of his choice where he thinks life could be better lived. But in plain and simple words, these countries are stunned by the way immigrants are filling their countries every minute and struggling to find work to do where there are no jobs therefore the need to tighten up their security system to prevent immigrants from entering.

As immigrants are happy of changing destinations, to where life is expected to be better lived, they do not expect to meet the negatives but hey, that is the reality on the ground. Too much stress, layoffs, closure of companies that offers job to the people and sometimes marginalization of newcomers will tear your heart apart and die or pick a chronic sickness only for you to return to Ghana and struggle to cure it or succumb to it to eternity.

A case in point is the story of a 24 year old Dilshod Marupov from Uzbekistan who dreamt of coming to Canada to struggle to work and establish a decent life for his family but had his dream shuttered. Last two years, on the eve of the Christmas, he and his friends were pouring concrete to rehabilitate a fourteen floor apartment building when a scaffold that was supporting them caved in as they collapsed to the ground killing four of his colleague workers instantly. He is now disabled and struggling to legalize his stay in Canada.

A research has indicated that for hundreds of years, immigrants dreams have always been: come to Canada work hard and eventually establish a decent life for your family.

But over the years, new comers have found it more difficult to make ends meet as immigrant poverty is rising with precarious employment. More recently, numbers of undocumented and underground workers seem to be growing.

The fact is newcomers are taking longer to catch up to Canadian-born workers which has become a course for worry as many analysts says the low quality of jobs is keeping newcomers down, along with the fact that underground guest workers are probably competing for jobs against immigrants of five years ago, pulling down wages for new comers generally.

So is it not clear that there are no greener pastures anywhere for one to go and seek? One goes to seek greener pastures in a foreign land and return to his homeland to invest.

Looking at job specifications if the government and for that matter the good people of Ghana will rise up and embark on industrialization, less people will show interest in traveling to overseas.

Let us start doing something now.


Columnist: Quaye, Stephen A.