Ivory Coast: August 5, 2004


So far, there is no movement in restoring government control in the north. The problem remains that immigrants, who have entered the northern part of the country in the past few decades, and come to dominate the farming economy up there, are the envy of the less successful native Ivorians. The immigrants are thought to be a majority of the population in the northern part of the country. The immigrants were attracted by available land, and good government in the Ivory Coast. But native born politicians used resentment against the success of the migrants to pass laws allowing the confiscation of many of the farming operations and businesses created by the migrants. Rather than see that happen, the northerners armed themselves and drove out the army and government officials. The current stalemate arises from the fact that most native Ivorians now want to drive our the migrants, but the migrants don't want to give up all they have created and leave.


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