One third of Lebanese Desire to Emigrate
A survey commissioned by the Qatar-based Arab Center for Research & Policy Studies indicated that 33% of respondents in Lebanon would like to immigrate to another country .
Also, 71% of Lebanese respondents cited the desire to improve their financial situation as the main reason for willing to emigrate, while 24% of respondents want to emigrate because of domestic insecurity. Also, 2% of Lebanese said they are willing to emigrate because of political reasons, and 1% of them want to leave the country for family reasons. In comparison, 78% of survey participants in the region cited the desire to improve their financial situation as the main reason for emigration, followed by domestic insecurity (10%), political reasons (4%) and education (2%).
The percentage of participants who are willing to emigrate from Lebanon was the second highest among 14 Arab economies covered in the survey, and came lower than Sudan only where 54% of participants expressed a desire to emigrate from their country. In comparison, 22% of respondents in the Arab region said they would like to emigrate from their respective countries
Further, 15% of Lebanese who would like to emigrate cited Canada as their pre- ferred destination, 14% named the United States and 12% chose Europe in gener- al, while 11% specified France and 8% named Germany. Also, 14% of Lebanese who desire to leave did not specify their emigration destination. In comparison,
16% of respondents in the Arab world named Europe as their main emigration des- tination, 12% cited Saudi Arabia, 10% chose the United States, 9% selected France and 7% specified each of the UAE and Canada. Also, 11% of respondents in the region who desire to leave did not specify a destination
Source: Lebanon This Week, Byblos Bank's publication.
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