Why the refugee economy is good for African countries


By VICTOR KIPROP
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Long viewed as a social and economic burden to host countries, migrants moving into and within Africa are in fact an asset that could boost economic growth and productivity, and deliver a significant increase in GDP per capita by 2030, if properly managed.

In a new report, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad) says that country-to-country migration in Africa is of benefit to both the nation of origin and the nation of destination.

“Population movements across borders often offer individuals a chance for a better life, with the social and economic benefits extending to both source and destination countries,” said Unctad Secretary General Mukhisa Kituyi.

“Yet much of the public discourse is rife with misconceptions that have…

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