William E. Uli
Keywords: Migration, social integration, conflicts, diaspora, decolonization, migrants
Migration is a topical issue in both the academic and public space. The phenomenon of migration is equally an age-long concept that actually led to the founding of the new world. However, as people, groups and individuals decide to leave their home countries for the next destination, they are confronted with enormous challenges in their new homes. Reception of these migrants in the receiving countries constantly appears in the front burner of social development related discourse, indicating how disadvantaged migrants have become in the recipient countries, thus raising concerns on their integration into the broader macro reality. The paper is qualitatively designed. The paper is an examination of migration and social integration, and focused mainly on demystifying the notion that migration is however unwanted. It takes a turn to look at the import of migrants to the receiving countries and the challenges of social integration. The paper contends for decolonisation of migration and argues for socially inclusive recipient countries for the actualisation of the social life chances of migrants. The paper shows that over time, recipient countries have not demonstrated the clear zeal to be instrumental in advancing the integration of migrants. It ends with the recommendation that receiving countries must embrace migration as an investment and ensure that migrants can participate in economic, social, cultural, and civil life in their new homes.
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