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54% of Sudanese want to leave the country: report


June 26, 2013, (KHARTOUM) - A survey conducted by the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies in Qatar revealed that 54% of Sudanese wish to emigrate out of the country.

An officer delivers passports to Sudanese migrants at the Secretariat for Sudanese Working Abroad in Khartoum on 13 May 2013 (Photo: Reuters/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah)

The study said out of those seeking to leave, 79% want to do so to improve living conditions, 5% for security reasons and 4% for political reasons.

Sudan ranked the first among countries included in the report such as Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Mauritania, Palestine, Yemen, Kuwait and Libya.

Most of the Sudanese respondents asked said they want to live in Saudi Arabia (20%), Qatar (10%) and United States (8%).

This survey is the second of its kind after the first poll carried out during the years 2010-2011 on a sample size of 16,173 in 12 Arab countries compared to 21,350 in 2012-2013.

The supervisor of the project Mohammed al-Masri said this survey is the largest carried out in the Arab world. He added that it analyzed the results of the data at the provincial and the states level.

According to Reuters, nearly 95,000 Sudanese left the country last year compared to only 10,032 in 2008, according to official data. Some analysts say the number is even higher because travel movements are hard to monitor.

Sudan is battling its biggest economic crisis for decades as it struggles with a severe shortage of hard currency following the loss of three quarters of its oil production due to South Sudan’s independence in 2011. Oil revenues were the main source of revenue for Sudan’s budget and for foreign currency needed to pay for vital imports including food and medicine.


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  • 27 June 2013 11:31, by J P Puok

    yes migrate but never never and never come southward tell them they will be screened thoroughly. so better move northward to Saudia and Qatar where they will easily be enslaved

    • 27 June 2013 11:46, by Robot

      Brain drain, inter-tribal clashes, dwindling economy.......... LIST IS LONG, GOOD LUCK.

      • 27 June 2013 12:58, by Ding Ding

        Robot, where is Jalaby to commence now I don,t think he can make it.
        They should not come to South Sudan,I am sure Sudan will be left to black African who own Sudan, hahahahahahahaha oil is closed,tension between Khartoum and Juba,Blue Nile,South Kordofan,Dafur, eastern Sudan hahahahaha Khartoum is shaking and people are immigrating to arab countries good decision.

        • 28 June 2013 07:44, by Lang

          54% want to leave, what an embarrassing study.

          • 28 June 2013 07:47, by Lang

            If I was a northerner I would want to leave too. Who wants to stay in a country with the only significant resource being desert SAND?

      • 27 June 2013 13:26, by Paul Ongee

        Sudanese are sensing something is really wrong with the NCP-led government. It’s better to emigrate to Saudi Arabia, Qatar or US where at least there are freedom, peace, and security. They can come to South Sudan but Al-Bashir won’t allow them to do so because South Sudan is declared enemy number one, replacing Israel in the history of Sudan.

        • 27 June 2013 13:26, by Paul Ongee

          This is another way of isolating NCP who came to power through coup d’état in 1989, stayed in power for 24 years next Sunday without resolving the fundamental political problem facing Sudan since 1956 and will leave power as usual through another coup.

        • 27 June 2013 13:27, by Paul Ongee

          Observing the figures especially the percentages of those seeking emigration, it means that only 12% (79% + 5% + 4% = 88%, then 100% - 88% = 12%) are pro-NCP who prefer to stay in Sudan regardless of the poor living conditions, security and political reasons. The 12% minus SRF forces will certainly drive further down the percentage of real supporters that NCP exaggerates in the media.

          • 27 June 2013 13:27, by Paul Ongee

            If this is the case, I believe Prophet Mohammed/Jesus Christ will never even agree with Omer Hassan Al-Bashir-led government. Pathetic. This is where the exit door needs to be shown at any cost to the thick-lipped-and-angled-legged man. Being a dictator, terrorist or a Muslim brotherhood would not even help resolve conflict. Egypt is a good example; it seems like Morsi’s days are numbered.

        • 27 June 2013 15:08, by Simon Puok Nyang Tutjiek

          Hi readers
          I encourage you all to read the bible Isaiah Chapter 18 and Zephaniah Chapter 2 to 3 and you will fully understand the future of Sudan.
          Bashir is already the victim of innocent children and women killed daily in South Sudan, Darfur, South Blue Nile and South Kordufan believe me or not.

  • 27 June 2013 12:50, by william mawien

    They so desperate
    god help people in Sudan under ncp regime an evil regime that led to disintegration of Africa s largest nation (Sudan)
    i think jalaby is one of those immigrant
    jalaby,Muhammad ali2,Wang and nothern sudanese are one of those immigrant lol

  • 27 June 2013 14:52, by Zecharia Malong

    Running out from the country is not a solution dear Sudanese, what you can do is to join JEM and SRF so that to overthrow these criminals with their regime who have threaten your lives.
    And I also thank GOD that the sudanese have taste what had been dealing with GOOD AND FAITHFUL CITIZEN SOUTH SUDANESE in more than 100 years. Bashir is not carry for his citizen coz he is a terrorist n inhuman act

  • 27 June 2013 15:34, by 4Justice

    Iran secretly building in Port Sudan military supply base for Syria, Hizballah

    A logistics base for handling tanks, missile systems, self-propelled artillery and other heavy weaponry bound for Syria and Hizballah is secretly under construction in a section of Port Sudan which Omar al Bashir has leased to Tehran, debkafile reports exclusively from its military sources.

    Iranian Revolutionary Guards engineers in civilian dress are overseeing the hundreds of Sudanese workmen laboring flat out to build Iran’s second Red Sea base after Assab in southern Eritrea.


  • 27 June 2013 16:57, by Nyathony Balloo.

    off cause SS pples lets us be patience with what the bashir said we do,nt want to make peace with him you see now more then 54% want to leave Khartoum i hope so 2016 you will fuck the north Sudanese refugee here at your boarder area not marginalization refugee the (Red Arab)so remain only 46% in Khartoum.

  • 28 June 2013 00:42, by BM Bol

    54% is a very high number. It only needs about at least 30 to 40 percent to depose Bashir and his circles and you don’t have to leave the country. In other words, just get rid of Bashir and the country will be back right on track.

  • 28 June 2013 05:06, by mogokafi

    This survey indicated the failure of the state of Sudan under the NCP ( Salvation Revolution) policies.

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