Lessons for Kenya from Europe

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When Germany made it easy for Turks to move in and work there, a unique problem presented itself.

“We wanted workers for our factories,” one opinion shaper said in 2005. “We got people instead.”

Education in Germany is free. When Turks went to work there, they went with their families, which meant that their children were also entitled to free education.

Similarly, mothers with young children get a monthly stipend for every child as part of Germany’s policy to encourage couples to have children.


When poor Turkish women learnt of the programme, many invested in child-bearing. To this day, in cities like Berlin, it is not uncommon to find a pregnant Turkish woman pushing a pram with three children.

Each child represents a monthly stipend for the mother, but they will enjoy unfettered access to Europe in a way that their parents could never have dreamt when they were young.

These are some of the lessons that Kenya could learn if Tuesday’s declaration by President Uhuru Kenyatta is implemented. In his inauguration speech, he said that East Africans with identity cards from their home countries would be treated as Kenyans.

The open invitation instantly raises the question of whether the children of East Africans will enjoy free primary and free day secondary education if their parents move to Kenya.

It could also mean that they will be entitled to enjoy other benefits, such as being signed up with National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF), which means that they will enjoy all the benefits that the scheme offers its Kenyan members.

These and other services have been made possible for the taxes that Kenyans pay.

How will they feel when they are asked to share them with other East Africans?


The social safeguards programmes that Kenya has put in place are largely funded by the taxes of the working class, who constitute only a small fraction of the entire population.

In Exodus, Paul Collier’s seminal book on migration, he says, “for redistribution to be politically feasible, sufficient fortunate people must be willing to subsidise the less fortunate.” But he goes on to add that “there is evidence that what erodes the willingness to redistribute is the rate at which diversity increases.”

What this could mean for Kenya in the medium and long term is that there could be increased reticence to fund social safeguards if it is seen to benefit a growing number of East Africans…


Globalisation positives are great but Kenyans are not ready for them. These borders we didn’t create them. Mzungu did. This Kenyan identity we didn’t create it, it was imposed on us by kaburu. If we didn’t get colonised I probably wouldn’t know what is a Bible or who is a Turkana. But we don’t live backwards so we must accept what and who we are and try to forge forwards. But forging forwards cannot be heading straight to the cliff. The more I think of what Uhuru snuck on Kenyans after the elections are over and he is sworn in as president the more I feel alitutukojolea kwa uso.
Had he told Kenyans during campaigns that he was going to throw borders open soon after being sworn in I doubt Kenyans would have voted for him with such enthusiasm.
He is the president and obviously knows more that we do and has better think tanks than our Kenyatalk but we’re nervous.

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I don’t think paying for a visa guaranteed permanent residence :smiley:


Yes but with our corrupt people and system, this is like a loose cannon situation .
Somalia used to enter kenya at 1000USD per head, then another 20000kes he got a passport .
What isn’t possible in this Kenya, given the right environment to make illegal money ?


I need to re-read Paul Collier’s The Bottom Billion