A Hermeneutical Discourse on Migration and its Implications on Terrorism in Africa
The African continent is experiencing comparatively high levels of terrorism that
is mostly linked to migration of people from different countries. Migration in the
postmodern world raises some of the most pressing philosophical questions about
human dignity and the value of human life. As it were, human migration connotes
the movement of people from one place to another, with the intentions of settling,
permanently or temporarily, in a new location. Migration and terrorism are now
a global discourse, as scholars have not been able to reach an agreement on
whether or not these two issues are connected, and so whether migration is partly
responsible for terrorism or not. This paper seeks to examine the implication of
migration on terrorism in Africa. Considering the increasing rate of migration and
the corresponding rise in terrorism and the rising rate of hostilities against
migrants, the paper raises fundamental questions, one of which is: should
migrants benefit from same rights and privileges as citizens? Adopting the
hermeneutical approach, the paper cross-examines the nexus between migration
and terrorism, and it finally submits that the inflow of migrants, especially from
“terrorist prone states without adequate check, can aid terrorism.
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