Over the past twenty years, African migration experienced a sharp upwards trend with significant impacts on both sending and receiving countries. Most Africans choose to move to destinations within the African continent. For those leaving the continent, North America, Europe and the Middle East remain top external destinations for both legal and illegal migrants, including those seeking economic opportunity, education, and fleeing climate-related crises and conflicts across the continent. The tension around immigration has grown as Africa’s population is expected to double by 2050, with African youth making up 42 percent of the global youth population by 2030.

On the occasion of the launch of a new report titled “African Migration in the Atlantic basin: Case studies from Morocco and Nigeria” authored by Africa Center Senior Fellow Constance Berry Newman and Senior International Relations Specialist Amal El Ouassif from Policy Center for the New South, we bring together experts for a discussion on the opportunities, challenges, and the way forward for issues surrounding migration within and from the African continent in the twenty-first century.

Keynote address

François Héran
Migration & Societies Chair
Collège de France

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Report Presentation by authors

Amal El Ouassif
Senior International Relations Specialist
Policy Center for the New South

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Amal El Ouassif is an international relations specialist  at the Policy Center for the New South. Prior to this, she worked as a program coordinator at the Westminster Foundation for Democracy and served as a consultant in development policies with the office of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in Morocco. She is also a former bluebook trainee in the Directorate General of Employment Social Affairs and Inclusion in the European Commission in Brussels. Amal has a Master of Arts in EU’s international relations and diplomacy studies, from the College of Europe in Bruges and a Master in Development Studies from UPMF-Grenoble. Her area of interest include Africa-Europe cooperation and migration.


Expert panel

Osagie Imasogie
Inaugural Member
President’s Advisory Council on African Diaspora Engagement in the United States

Andrew Selee
Migration Policy Institute

Lahra Smith
Associate Professor, African Studies Program and Department of Government
Georgetown University


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The Africa Center works to promote dynamic geopolitical partnerships with African states and to redirect US and European policy priorities toward strengthening security and bolstering economic growth and prosperity on the continent.

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