UNCTAD Secretary-General Mukhisa Kituyi on African migration

UNCTAD Secretary-General Mukhisa Kituyi announces a high-level event on African migration and structural transformation, taking place on 25 September 2018 during the 73rd United Nations General Assembly in New York.

As Dr. Kituyi underlines, the outflow of migrants from Africa to other regions, and particularly to Europe, grabs media headlines. It also garners significant attention from the research community. Intra-African migration, however, has not been spotlighted in the same way. That’s despite the fact that an estimated 53 per cent of African migration occurs within the continent.

From an economic perspective, the assumption is that migration is driven by a mismatch between population growth and availability of resources and opportunities.

To be well understood, however, the actual drivers, as well as costs and benefits, of migration flows in Africa require analytical scrutiny. Pioneering work on this issue is at the heart of the UNCTAD Economic Development in Africa Report 2018: Migration for Structural Transformation, launched in May 2018.

Against this backdrop and negotiations on the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, this high-level event in New York is timely for the international community, particularly in the context of advancing implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the African Union’s own Agenda 2063.

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