(1) Spain in migrant diplomacy drive :
This year alone 7,000 people have reached the Canary IslandsSpain has announced a three-year diplomatic offensive in West Africa to try to stem the flow of African migrants to Europe. ... Spain will base a diplomatic team in Senegal to try to persuade six nations to accept deported migrants. Madrid on Friday also asked the European Union for more help in dealing with the migrants.(2) France-Africa ties 'must change':
The ambition of many young African men is to work in EuropeThe French Interior Minister, Nicolas Sarkozy, has told leaders in the West African state of Benin that Africa and France must remould their relationship. ... Mr Sarkozy faced angry protests in the main city of Cotonou, where he outlined plans for a new immigration policy.
In a speech, Mr Sarkozy said France and Africa must change the "old ways" and move past the colonial era. [Sarkozy is sponsoring a bill which] requires immigrants from outside the EU to sign a contract agreeing to learn French and to respect the principles of the French Republic, and [which] makes it more difficult for them to bring their families over to join them.
Mr Sarkozy says he wants to reduce illegal immigration
Sarkozy proves he's got what it takes - by delivering the message IN PERSON, IN AFRICA. Zapatero is a WIMP: he's ASKING the EU AND Africa to help him. BUT AT LEAST HE SEES THE PROBLEM! And they are using policies which have already helped Denmark. The ENTIRE EU should adopt these rules.
I hope it's not too late for Europe. Only time will tell...
BTW: I still believe that the EU should take in more MEXICANS - who are much closer to them culturally and linguistically - instead of Africans or Muslims. In fact, we should send all the one's we catch to the EU instead of sending them back to Mexico.