West African migrants in the world
Less than a third of West African migrants leaves the African continent. In 2015, the UN estimated the number of West African migrants in the world at 8.7 million. About 66% of them are located in West Africa, 20% in Europe, 8% in North America and the rest are mainly in other parts of Africa. Over time, there has been a slow erosion of the proportion of migrants staying within Africa as more people travel to North America, Europe and, to a lesser extent, Asia.