President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has expressed deep concerns over the cold-hearted treatment of African migrants in Europe.
When the Deputy Prime Minister of Italy, Matteo Salvini, called on him at the Presidency on Monday, President Akufo-Addo did not mince words when he criticised the inhumane and abusive treatment of African migrants in Europe.
He said although the Europeans had every reason to fight against illegal migration, their treatment of migrants, especially illegal migrants, were against the rights and dignity of the offenders.
President Akufo-Addo said it was unacceptable for people to be treated in that manner, simply because they were illegal immigrants.
In the 19th Century, he said Europeans, including Italians, fled to the United States in their numbers due to poverty because their countries, in those days, were not considered as countries of opportunities.
“The phenomenon of migration in Africa is no different from the phenomenon of migration in their
history. So the connection between migration and poverty is direct.