In addition to investors positioning themselves in Africa, African citizens are also deciding to return. A study revealed that 40% of the African diaspora is ready to return to work on the continent within the next decade.
Africa is known for its many assets that make the country attractive: impressive natural resources, a young population expected to double in the next twenty-thirty years and also consistent economic growth. Thus, in addition to investors trying to get a piece of the continent, African nationals living abroad are also increasingly making the decision to return.
A study by Intelcia even revealed that 40% of the members of the African diaspora would be ready to return to work immediately on the continent. This study, based on a survey of eight hundred members of the African diaspora, indicates that 71% of respondents plan to return to the continent within ten years. 56% of them prefer to return to their country of origin, while 15% are open to opportunities throughout the continent.
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Papy Ngoyi Kibenze is a young lawyer of Congolese origin who has spent several years in Germany. Like him, the majority of graduates and professionals in the diaspora are motivated and willing to do business in their home country.
From his experience, it can, therefore, be deduced that the entrepreneurial adventure is one of the most crucial factors which motivate graduates and professionals from the diaspora to return to Africa. This is already significant enough for an effective take-off from the continent in the eyes of the Burkinabe development economist Adama Konséiga. Even if in his opinion the desire for return should be even more intense at the elite level within the diaspora.
It should be noted that members of the diaspora from Sub-Saharan Africa are the most likely to return within five years compared to Maghreb people, who are planning to return within ten years, according to the results of the Intelcia company study.
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