African Migration - Who is Thinking of Going Where, And Why

Despite the dangers, many Africans risk their lives in search of greener pastures. Interviews with thousands of Africans confirm this basic news-media narrative, as well as the perception that this gamble is appealing to young and well-educated Africans looking for jobs and fleeing poverty. But interviews also point to important differences by country, including potential migrants' preferred destinations, that can inform targeted policy responses. Afrobarometer's current round of nationally representative surveys explores migration intentions and drivers in 35 African countries.

A boat carrying sub-Saharan African migrant workers arrives in Lampedusa from Tripoli.

Afrobarometer's respondents were asked for the most important reason they would consider moving from their country.

In an Afrobarometer survey, respondents who had considered emigration were asked: If you were to move to another country, where would you be most likely to go?

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