Abidjan, 08 May, 2021 / 2:15 pm (ACI Africa).
A member of the Clergy in Ivory Coast has urged the establishment of employment opportunities at family and private levels, saying such initiatives have the potentiality of curbing youth migration.
“Today we must think about creating family businesses, private companies; this will give jobs to young people who will not think about crossing the Mediterranean,” the Secretary General of the Episcopal Conference of Ivory Coast (CECCI), Fr. Emmanuel Wohi Nin, has been quoted as saying in a Monday, May 3 report.
Ivory Coast ranks tenth in the number of migrants moving to Europe according to 2017 statistics by Pew Research Centre.
An August 2020 report by the United Nations’ (UN) International Organization for Migration (IOM) indicates that about 25,000 Ivorians had arrived in Italy by sea since 2016.
“The problem is that young people look to everything outside their borders as a model of development and as a model of social success … Some still think they can follow obscure paths to succeed in soccer in Europe,’ the Head of the Directorate for Ivorians Abroad (DGIE), Issiaka Konaté, told InfoMigrants in March 2020.