Data provided by The Economist indicates that in the 10 years culminating to 2020, there was a 40 percent rise in the number of Sub-Saharan Africans living abroad. The nu,,ber stood at 28 million in 2020.
This trend has precipitated into widespread trepidation on the European continent as there are increasing concerns over the possibility of being inundated with immigrants. Europe is undoubtedly an attractive proposition for African migrants given the significant chasm in income levels, currently standing at a copious ratio of 11 to 1. Even Africans engaged in menial, blue collar work in Europe make THREE TIMES more than they would back home in Africa.
There is however an increasing difficulty for Sub-Saharan Africans to legally migrate to Europe, particularly for those without specialised skills. New permits for them have dropped by 50 percent in the 10 years leading up to 2018.
Only 18 percent of Sub-Saharan Africans leaving abroad are domiciled in Europe. Circa 70 percent of them are based in other African countries. There has been an over 40 percent rise in the population of Sub-Saharan Africans in Africa between 2010 and 2020. The figure stood at 19 million in 2020.
A survey conducted by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and analyzed by Stamford University’s Immigration Policy Lab revealed that of the 88,000 people on the more traveled in Africa, 90 percent of them planned to stay within the continent.
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