Afrobarometer, a pan-African research network that conducts public attitude surveys on democracy, governance, economic conditions in Africa, will release its report on the most popular destinations among potential migrants in Africa on Tuesday.
The report will be based on data from 34 countries.
“The most popular destination among potential migrants in Africa is neither Europe nor America,” said Afrobarometer on its Tweeter feed ahead of the report launch.
The most popular destination ✈️ among potential migrants in Africa 🌍 is neither Europe nor America.
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Data from the United Nations project that by 2050, it is projected that one in every four humans will be African as the continent doubles its population, accounting for more than half of global population growth.
This is “Despite significant economic growth in many African countries over the past two decades, a substantial number of Africans still see leaving their country to seek out a better future as their best option.”
Therefore, the report intends to explore the perceptions and preferences of ordinary Africans when it comes to international migration.
“For policymakers faced with managing the challenges of international migration, a detailed understanding of its forms, patterns, and causes are critical,” says Afrobarometer.
The African Union Migration Policy Framework for Africa and Plan of Action (2018 – 2030) says that “The movement of persons for trade, especially short-term migration, is becoming of increasing relevance.”
“In this context, the implementation of the Continental Free Trade Area and the AU Free Movement of Persons Protocol should aid trade, continental integration and development,” says the MPFA which also addresses eleven cross-cutting issues: Migration and Development; Migration Data and Research; Human Rights of Migrants; Principles of Non-Discrimination; Migration, Poverty and Conflict; Migration and Health; Migration and Environment; Migration and Gender; Migration, Children, Adolescents and Youths; Migration and Older Persons; and Inter-State and Inter-Regional Cooperation.