Africa: Migration Can Benefit Africa, Says New UN Body’s Report


Geneva — In an age of emerging populism in both the global north and south, migration often gets a bad rap.

But the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) believes African migration could boost growth and positively transform the structure of the continent’s economy.

Launching a new UNCTAD report, Economic Development in Africa Report 2018: Migration for Structural Transformation, in Geneva this month, UNCTAD secretary-general Mukhisa Kituyi said that “contrary to some perceptions, most migration in Africa today is taking place within the continent.”

In 2017, 19 million international migrants moved within Africa and 17 million Africans left the continent. Africa is also a migration…

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