African migration: what the numbers really tell us 

Contrary to much media coverage, the majority of African migrants do not leave the continent Image: REUTERS/Amir Cohen

Marie McAuliffe

Head of Migration Policy Research Division, International Organization for Migration

Adrian Kitimbo

Research Associate, Gordon Institute of Business Science, University of Pretoria


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Image: IOM’s World Migration Report Update (2018)

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Human development, fragility and passport rankings, selected countries Image: World Migration Report 2018 based on United Nations Development Programme, 2016; The Fund for Peace, 2018; Henley & Partners, 2018
Top 20 African migrant countries in 2017 Image: IOM’s World Migration Report Update (2018)

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