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A comparison of Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia shows the significant impact origin countries have on migration to destinations countries in the latest IMI / DEMIG working paper.

Emigration from Maghreb countries is often considered the same story across the region. As such research has mainly focused on destination countries and their migration policies.

Drawing on unique, new migration data from the DEMIG C2C database, author Katharina Natter analyses the significant differences between the migration histories of these countries. The paper shows that the emigration policies of Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia play an important role in explaining their divergent emigration patterns.

Natter focuses on three periods of time to show how colonial experiences, processes of independence, and political and socio-economic changes have affected emigration. These are considered alongside the impact of policies in eight main destination countries to provide a complete picture of Maghreb emigration from 1960 to 2010.

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