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Egyptians’ top migration destination since 2010 has been the Arab Gulf. The United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait have become the most popular countries to move to, with the number of Egyptians going there in 2015 reaching over 2 million.

Saudi Arabia ranked first for most of the 1990s.  Then the United Arab Emirates jumped to take its place, which reflects economic and social changes happening in the region.

Although a popular destination for migrants, Canada slid from the top 10 list in 2015. Meanwhile, Italy has always been on the list since 1990.

“Historically, Egypt has been a country of emigration, most of which has occurred within the broader Arab region,” explains the Migration Policy Institute, continuing, “Egypt’s labor emigration history can be divided into two phases: first, high-skilled emigration across the Arab world throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries, and second, primarily low- and medium-skilled outflows to Libya, Iraq, and the oil-producing Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries starting in the early 1970s”.

The data was acquired from the United Nations’ Populations Division. InfoTimes pulled out the data related to the total population of Egypt from each year. The interactive visual is auto-played,  but can be paused at a certain year to show its statistics.

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Before joining InfoTimes, Aya reported for Egyptian Streets, and before that, for Daily News Egypt. She has also written for various local and international media platforms, such as Foreign Affairs, The National, and Al-Monitor. Aya holds an MA in Global Communication from Simon Fraser University.

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