For African Migrants, Asia Is Becoming An Economically Vibrant Destination

“African migrants aspire to a better life in Asia,” by Najad Abdullahi for Deutsche-Welle:

Over 70,000 Africans migrated to Malaysia in 2012. While many have found a better life, some continue to live rough in one of Southeast Asia’s biggest cities, Kuala Lumpur.

Robert Adesina takes the train to work in central Kuala Lumpur every morning. He enters a carriage and almost everyone stops and stares.

“It’s like this everyday. They think I am some sort of alien,” he tells DW.

The Nigerian national sits next to a woman, who then abruptly puts her hand on her mouth, shielding herself from a perceived stench.

“It’s actually quite interesting. You would think children would react this way to people they have never seen before. But grown men and women do this all the time. The ignorance towards Africans in this country is astounding,” Adesina said…

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