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5 Customary Issues Facing Africans Abroad Everyone Need to Know

Life outside of the African continent may appear to be captivating to a few however another report is putting numbers to the battles numerous Diasporans confront. A current report found that a normal of 120 Ghanaians living in the Greater London region passed on every year inside the most recent three years. The essential driver: coronary illness.

The report found that 75 percent of the individuals who passed on every year kicked the bucket from heart-related maladies, for example, cardiomegaly, heart disappointment, heart arrhythmia, cardiomyopathy, hypertension, intense myocardial dead tissue and goal pneumonia among others. These heart illnesses were for the most part activated by pressure.

Below, we list 5 of the most common issues facing African immigrants abroad. It is clear that all the glitters, including tales of exuberant abroad riches, isn’t gold.

Disease

Disease is on the rise in the African immigrant population abroad.

A recent study found that in the U.S., this problem within the African immigrant population had been masked because African immigrants were often lumped together with U.S.-born African Americans.

When the groups were separated, however, it was clear that there was prevalence of developing chronic health problems such as diabetes, obesity and hypertension in African immigrant populations. Worst, because many immigrants didn’t seek or know how to seek care.

Distance away from home 

Last year, six Ghanaians died in their rooms in London and no one noticed.

The journey abroad can be lonely, many leaving their families and communities to brace the unknowns in other lands. Issues of loneliness and lack of the extended family and familiar community that many Africans are used to compounds the issues around stress, disease, and violence listed above.

What did we miss? What are some common issues you face abroad you wish Africans wishing to immigrate there knew?

Stress

Reports show that a common stress for many African immigrants is that their education doesn’t translate to commensurate careers abroad. This means that many take jobs with a lot of hard physical work  such as taxi driving, cleaning, and security. This has led to a prevalence of joint and back pain in the African immigrant community.

Coupled with immigration and financial issues, along side demands from home for remittances, African immigrants abroad are deeply stressed.

Racism 

African immigrants around the world face tremendous odds as they combat racism, and in extreme cases, xenophobia.

Recent videos surfacing online show that perceived rise in large-scale violent offences committed by young people of African appearance, most of whom have been linked to Melbourne’s Sudanese migrant community in Australia, has catalyzed racial tension, prejudice and xenophobia.

In one disturbing video that went viral online, an Ethiopian-born man, Habib Gudato Tonnu, who was speaking to a T.V. station about recent racial tension in Australia was heckled by a white passerby who remarked, “lock ’em all up”.

Violence 

Across the world, violence in African communities outside of the continent is not uncommon. But a recent trend in particularly concerning. A total of 50 black people, mostly young, are reported to have been stabbed or gunned down in London since January 2018.

This includes nine Nigerian youth killed in London and other parts of the UK.

The recent spike in violence in the British capital has raised concerns to the extent that Nigeria’s government has warned Nigerians living in London to be careful and to show restraint.

The killing of black people, especially those of Nigerian origin in London, was “worrisome and disturbing”, said Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the senior special assistant to Mr Buhari on foreign affairs and the diaspora.

African immigrants aboard are unfortunately not immune to the trappings of life – drugs, gun violence, etc. – in their host country.

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