Desire to Migrate Rises in North Africa

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  • 32% of North Africans would like to migrate permanently
  • France top desired destination for potential North African migrants
  • Nearly half (46%) of young people would like to move

WASHINGTON, D.C — Despite recent efforts to discourage migration from origin and transit countries in North Africa to Europe and elsewhere, people’s desire to leave the region reached a new high in 2017. Last year, nearly one in three North Africans (32%) said they would like to permanently migrate to another country, up from 28% in 2016. Percentages rose in three countries in the region — Algeria,…

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