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African billionaire rebuts idea of migration flood to Europe

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JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Sudan-born billionaire Mo Ibrahim says the migration of Africans to Europe and North America should be viewed as a positive phenomenon, not a threat.

Experts said during a conference hosted by Ibrahim’s foundation that Africans make up about 14% of the global migrant population, a much smaller share than the 41% from Asia and 23% from Europe.

The conference in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, ended Sunday.

Ibrahim said in an interview that statistics also show that Europe isn’t being flooded with Africans because 70% of African migrants remain on the continent.

The 72-year-old philanthropist earned his fortune by establishing the Celtel mobile phone network across Africa. He now lives in Britain.

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He says African countries should have better education and employment opportunities for young people.

Ibrahim’s foundation publishes an annual index to encourage good governance in Africa.

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