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Growing number of Sudanese want to emigrate

August 9 - 2015 KHARTOUM
An officer delivers passports to Sudanese migrants at the Secretariat of Expatriates’ Affairs in Khartoum (Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah/Reuters)
An officer delivers passports to Sudanese migrants at the Secretariat of Expatriates’ Affairs in Khartoum (Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah/Reuters)

Last week, more than 12,000 Sudanese applied for an exit visa, according to the secretary-general of the Expatriates’ Affairs Secretariat in Khartoum.

Suwar Majed Haj told the press on Thursday that the number of Sudanese who want to leave the country is showing a significant increase. He said that some 4,500 electronic passports were issued "during the past three days".

Statistics show that between 1975 and 2009 about 11 million Sudanese left the country. 85 percent of them emigrated after President Omar Al Bashir took power in a military coup in 1989.

Sudan ranks first among Arab countries whose citizens emigrate, according to a survey conducted by the Arab Centre for Research and Policy Studies in Doha in 2013.

 


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