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A Migrant Crises Rocks the World

Economic Migration Is a Phenomenon the World Must Confront

Philadelphia, PA – January 29, 2019. Dr. Ebele Ufondu, an immigrant, shared insight into the root cause of economic migration in her soon-to-be-released book “The Land That Shivers.” The book portrays the issues that have given rise to economic migration on a never before seen scale, the part the developed countries have played in it and what needs to be done to effectively address the problem.

From the thousands of African economic migrants washing up on the shores of Europe to the stampede of Central American migrants at the US-Mexico border, the issue of economic migration has become a phenomenon the world cannot afford to ignore. With ever increasing frequency, over the last few years, television screens across the world have blasted potent images of overloaded migrant boats capsizing in the Mediterranean, sub-Saharan African migrants selling on the auction block as slaves in Libya and thousands of Central American economic migrants marching like an unstoppable army to the US-Mexico border. What is the story of these migrants? What is their mission? Why do they leave the known for the unknown? their home for a strange land? What debt does the world owe them?

The one thing common to all the countries from which economic migrants originate is grand corruption. The story told in “The Land That Shivers,” though based in Nigeria and Africa, equally tells what happens in the lives of citizens in any country where grand corruption flourishes. 

The corrupt practices of trade misinvoicing and the dubious activities of shell companies (beneficial to the developed countries) are keeping the developing countries in a perpetual state of un-development and inability to provide the infrastructure needed for a livelihood for their masses. In Nigeria, one former president alone—Sani Abacha (now deceased)—was reported to have siphoned an estimated 11.2 billion US Dollars from his country between 1993 and 1998. According to the World Bank, in 2015, they needed more time in handling the issues of the recovery of the money because the loot was “too huge to handle.” Sani Abacha’s successors have continued in the same vein as evidence has shown. They have found in the shell company executives, eager accomplices in handling their stolen wealth. And, in the developed countries they have found a safe haven for this stolen wealth.

According to Dr. Ufondu, when the developed countries are willing to curb the activities of these shell companies who do not do the necessary due diligence in ascertaining the source of the wealth they handle, willing to shun the laundering of illicit wealth within their borders, they would have begun to effectively address the root cause of the economic migration into their borders, which is stretching them at the seams. 

About the author

Ebele Ufondu M.D. graduated from the University of Ibadan Medical School (Nigeria) and is a practicing physician in Hamilton, New Jersey. She has a blog and is the author of the “The Land That Shivers.” An immigrant from Nigeria, she wrote this book when her children (born and raised in the U.S), on hearing the news about the death of economic migrants, asked her to explain why the migrants risk their lives to escape their countries. The book is now on preorder on Amazon and is scheduled for release on February 12, 2019. The Land That Shivers is available at major retailers including Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Walmart and Apple books. 

The Land That Shivers 

Author: Ebele Ufondu

Publication date: February 12, 2019.

ISBNs: 978-1-7329460-5-7 (e-book)                           (USA $9.99 / CAN $12.00)

            978-1-7329460-0-2 (paperback) (326pp)        (USA $15.95 / CAN $18.00)

            978-1-7329460-1-9 (hardcover)                      (USA $26.99 / CAN $ 30.00)

For more information, please visit Dr. Ufondu’s website at 

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