Integration In Africa: How Visa-Open Is the Continent?

africaIntegration is the new phenomenon that is taking up the world stage with countries across the globe realizing that when nations pool their resources together they can experience immense growth and security.

One major player in any integration is immigration. Immigration is a factor that not only allows the movement of goods and people but it is also a mover of factors of production.

Recently, Africa has embarked on the amalgamation of various national departments especially among regional blocs like East Africa Community (EAC) and Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

In a bid to evaluate how integration and particularly visa openness in Africa, the African Development Bank (AfDB) has released a report that shows that despite African nations pushing for integration, the continent largely remains closed off to African travelers.

The African Visa Openness Index indicates that on average Africans need visas to travel to 55% of other African countries, can get visas on arrival in only 25% of other countries and don’t need a visa to travel to just 20% of other countries on the continent.

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