In less than four minutes, this young Senegalese man successfully disputes the prejudice surrounding immigrants from a continent that is barely 14 kilometers away from us.
Omar has been living in Madrid for years. He risked his life to travel by boat to Spain and, because of the economic crisis and job scarcity, has been working odd jobs for a living ever since. Omar is also an actor and offered to participate in this video, produced by Calamar2 for Alliance for Solidarity and other organizations that want to demonstrate how much immigrants contribute to and support our society.
The young Omar, who lives in the multicultural neighborhood of Lavapies in Madrid, reminds us in this video that immigration is wealth.He explains that our 'aging' country is rejuvenated by Africans like him who contribute to 6.6% of government revenue and absorb only 5.4% of public expenditure, that only 6% of those who come into Spain do so by crossing the fences of Melilla ... and also that the continued exploitation of African resources and land continues to impoverish his people.
Alliance for Solidarity works with and strengthens African immigrant organizations to help them improve their abilities to impact public (including immigration and asylum) policies.
We must listen to Omar. He explains it to us very clearly- African immigrants contribute much more than they receive in return. Yet, they still suffer from the racism and prejudice that plague our cities.
On International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination,held on March 21, Alliance for Solidarity continues to work with Omar and other Africans who, because of their origin and skin color, feel discriminated against in their right to be part of the global community.
On the Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, migrants like Omar remind us all of the prejudices we must overcome.