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Economic Brief - Taking Africa's Irregular Migrants into Account Trends Challenges and Policy Options

23-Mar-2015

According to the International Organization of Migration (2013), irregular migration refers to “movement that takes place outside the regulatory norms of the origin, transit and destination countries”. A migrant is considered as irregular when he does not meet the immigration laws’ requirements while entering, residing or working in a given transit or receiving country. In its 2010 report, IOM (2010) estimated irregular migrants at between 20 to 30 million people worldwide. This represents 10 to 15% of international migration flows. The United Nations (2013) estimate that inter-State migrants stood at 232 million in 2010.

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