The latest Afrobarometer survey has revealed that four in 10 Ghanaians have considered emigrating in search of more favourable economic prospects.
The data has been released at a time the world is expressing anger over reports of the slave trade of migrants in Libya.
The study revealed that a majority would prefer to live outside Africa, with North America and Europe being the most preferred destinations.
Below are the key findings:
1. Four in 10 Ghanaians (41%) say they have considered emigrating, including 20% who say they have given “a lot” of thought to the idea (Figure 1). About three in 10 (29%) say they or someone in their household has gone to live in another country for more than three months during the past three years.
2. Of those who have considered emigrating, a few (8%) say they are taking concrete steps to emigrate, such as seeking a visa; 28% say they plan to leave within the next year or two but are not yet making concrete preparations, while 63% say they’ve considered emigrating but have not made specific plans yet.3. Among those who have considered emigrating, a majority (53%) would want to move to find work. Others want to escape economic hardship (19%) or find better business prospects (8%) (Figure 2).4. Among potential emigrants, the most popular destination is North America (39%), while 31% prefer living in Europe. Only 11% would want to live in other African countries (Figure 3).
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