African migrations present an opportunity for both the continent and the world, and yet today this topic triggers an emotional reaction and is generally misunderstood, despite being a key dynamic that has always been part of human history.
Contrary to perceptions, African migrations are driven by the need for jobs and economic opportunity, and most African migrations begin and end on the continent. The number of African migrants are comparatively fewer than often portrayed, totalling only 14% of the global migrant population in 2017 (significantly less than Asia, 41% and Europe, 24%). Moreover, their arrival in host countries is generally welcomed, with many Africans saying they would like more migrants in their country.
Mo Ibrahim, Chairman of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, said: “Migration in Africa, and around the world, is largely about aspiration, not desperation. Africans leaving their home countries are looking for the chance to work and contribute to their host countries. Afri