Is Europe the land of milk and honey?

Koos Degenaar -- Fri, 11/06/2015 - 19:28

Is Europe the land of milk and honey?

For many youths in Africa, Europe is seen as the land of milk and honey, the Promised Land which would put an end to their problems. In trying to get more insight into this phenomenon, Prof Erharbor Idemudia from the School of Research and Postgraduate Studies at the NWU Mafikeng Campus is doing intensive research on this topic. 

Prof Idemudia’s field of research is in Clinical Psychology.  His study titled “Understanding the Psychology of African Immigrants in Europe” is anchored to the current unprecedented movement of youths from Africa to Europe believing that travelling to Europe and other Western Countries would put an end to their problems.  When they actually arrive in their newly adopted country, they find the contrary. 

His research forms part of the George-Forster Research Award that was granted him by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany to continue developing research-based solutions to the challenges facing transition and developing countries.  For this purpose he will spend a year as visiting Professor at Jacobs University in Germany where he will work on the psychology profiles of 3 000 African migrants in the six European countries.    

“The study is based on theoretical, psychological and statistical data with the aim of creating a comprehensive psychology profile of the African migrant in Europe” said Prof Idemudia.