The importance of entrepreneurship for immigrants

“The drama of Africa is that the African man has not entered history enough.” A few years ago, a certain country leader scored a rubicon with this phrase, which speaks directly to the natives of certain regions of the world, especially the weakest ones, whose contribution to humanity has been undermined and hidden under a veil. Without delving into historical details that have been omitted or rewritten, I would like to emphasize the immense challenge that an entrepreneur who has come from a diaspora faces. This challenge has two sides, and every member of this multicolored and mixed society should be responsible for it. The economy has been weakened by the economic crisis as well as the volatility of the stock markets, and this has paved the way for a new ethnic era and a way of correcting how we handle finances, where each person can act at their own level to complete the results of whatever governance has been put in place for the group.

The immigrant now has the task of succeeding in integrating in his adopted country on the one hand to show how diasporas have contributed to the economies of an aging population and to the models that are now groaning under the weight of conservatism. By multiplying the examples of those immigrants who have reached social success we can change the image that is given to this part of the population that has been wrongly accused of stagnation and inadequate integration to the sociopolitical system. We are used to seeing them settle for survival under the weight of debts and broken dreams, to occupy the places that were left behind by the harmful effect of the shock of labor (at least the one of modern civilizations): the native vs. the immigrant.

It is the secret of Pulcinella in Quebec, that the immigrants that come from Africa are some of the most qualified but also those that have the greatest difficulty finding a job that suits their skills level. Success becomes a matter of honor and a way of paving the road for the next generations that are called upon to take their place in societies in which the economy and politics create a land that can turn hostile towards immigrants quite quickly. The political engagement of some is not superficial in the sense that it guarantees a form of representation when decisions are being made and the future of the next round of immigrants is being decided.

Whereas before, immigrants counted on education, taxes and service in the national army to confirm and protect their integration, now they must count on entrepreneurship. For those who rely on God in their weakness to change things, know that God might be willing to accompany change and assertion efforts but will not realize them for us. His omnipotence does not relieve us from the challenges necessary to restore our rights.The second task that an immigrant must face in order to succeed economically is to cooperate with the populations of the motherland. It is often noted that international institutions have very little impact when it comes to political development. The governments of countries in need justify the use of these investments through infrastructures that are meant to benefit everyone, but that are very rarely completed. To allow this lack of results to just be would be to condemn the poorest populations to seeing disparities grow and leaving their future at the mercy of God.

To succeed is to create wealth and assets through our own hard word. This wealth will hand over the power to the populations of diasporas so that the south and the islands of the south can cooperate together, through investments that target the economy of their countries of origin, to target their AFFIRMATION (not even emergence or development) with global ambitions. This should allow these economies to be reinforced, and hopefully to see their part of the economy become a part of the greater market economy through fiscal exchanges and access to tools that help the production of goods and services. Once this happens, being an entrepreneur is no longer limited to the exercise of a single economic activity; being an entrepreneur, after this, entails taking an active role in order to contribute to the development of regions that were the victims of unfairness or a form of domination. This counts for those who have accepted citizenship in their adopted country. Their double heritage offers them the possibility of being at the heart of certain decisions that are taken without losing sight of what the stakes are when a certain group of people are left out from the economy. As the African proverb says, “If you do not know where you are going, know where you come from.”

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