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Data released by Pan-African research network Afrobarometer. – where over individuals in over 30 countries were surveyed – has revealed that More than one in three Africans (37%) have considered emigrating to a different country.

Young, Educated Africans Most Likely to Consider Emigrating To Another Country, Study Reveals

Respondents were asked: How much, if at all, have you considered moving to another country to live?

While more than a third of Africans have thought about emigrating, far fewer are actually putting concrete measures in place to do so, according to a new report by Pan-African research network Afrobarometer.

Despite many European countries fearing the increase in African migrants arriving on their shores, the survey – which collated information from 34 countries – shows that other African countries are the primary focus of migrants from the continent.

“The International Organization for Migration (2017) reports that in fact more than 80% of Africa’s migration involves moving within the continent. This is to some degree reflected in responses when Afrobarometer asked those who have considered emigration where they would be most likely to go. A plurality of potential migrants express a preference for a destination within Africa: 29% cite another country within their region, while 7% look elsewhere on the continent”, the report shows.

The key findings of the report are:

– On average across 34 countries, one in four Africans (25%) say someone in their family has lived in another country during the past three years.

– About one in five Africans (21%) say they are somewhat dependent on remittances sent from abroad.

– More than one in three Africans (37%) have considered emigrating, including 18% who have given this “a lot” of thought.A majority of citizens say they have thought at least “a little bit” about leaving Cabo Verde (57%), Sierra Leone (57%), the Gambia (56%), Togo (54%), and São Tomé and Príncipe (54%).

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– Among those who have considered emigrating, on average one in 10 (9%) say they are currently making preparations to move.These proportions are highest in Zimbabwe and Lesotho.

– Poor people are more likely to migrate to escape hardship while those who are well off are seeking educational and business opportunities and adventure.

– Among potential emigrants, more than one-third would like to move to another country within their region (29%) or elsewhere in Africa (7%). This preference for staying on the continent is especially strong in Southern Africa (58%) and weakest in North Africa (8%). Europe (27%) and North America (22%) are the most preferred destinations outside Africa.

– In almost all countries, by far the most frequently cited reasons for emigrating are to look for work (44% on average) and to escape poverty and economic hardship (29%).

– In line with widespread interest in intra-regional migration and the pursuit of economic opportunity, a majority (56%) of Africans think people should be able to move freely across international borders within their region. But the same proportion (56%) say they find it difficult to cross borders to work or trade in another country.

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Young, educated, urban men are generally more likely to say they are taking concrete steps (as well as thinking of leaving within a year or two) than their older, less-educated, rural, and female counterparts.

Read the full report here



Uzonna Anele
Anele is a web developer and a Pan-Africanist who believes bad leadership is the only thing keeping Africa from taking its rightful place in the modern world.

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