According to a survey that blatantly showed what The Times described as the cost of the failure of the Arab Spring uprisings, about half of young people in the Arab world are considering emigration.
According to the results of the poll – published by the British newspaper – this number rises to two-thirds in the region from Lebanon to Iraq, a region torn by war and economic chaos in recent years.
The newspaper pointed out that the Arab world was rocked by a series of mass protests in early 2010 against repressive regimes and poverty starting in Tunisia, and stated that after a decade this Arab Spring appears to have brought little tangible benefits to the youth who participated in it.
The survey indicated that the number of people who want to immigrate closely matches those who answered “yes” when asked whether there is widespread government corruption in their countries.
According to the newspaper, half of those who think a lot about immigration said they wanted to go to the rich Gulf states, and others wanted to move to the United States, Britain, Canada and Germany. In all, 42% were either making a great effort to migrate or considering it.
This year, the aforementioned poll conducted interviews with 4,000 Arab youths of both genders in 17 countries. Last year’s poll did not ask whether the respondents wanted to emigrate, but it found support for the continuation of protests against ruling regimes and political regimes that are seen as perpetuating corruption and mismanagement.
And in 4 countries that witnessed large-scale demonstrations last year: Lebanon, Iraq, Algeria and Sudan; The survey specifically asked respondents if they support those protests. The overwhelming answer was “yes”, as the numbers ranged between 82 and 89%, which suggests that the attempts of the elites in Iraq and Lebanon to cling to power will continue to confront the opposition. Analysts noted that these responses reflect widespread personal frustration rather than a strong sense of political purpose.
Commenting on these data, an analyst at the Royal United Services Institute in London and an expert on Arab public opinion, H.A. Hillier, said that the poll showed that the “Arab revolutionary moment” may not have moved to the extent that regimes and governments in the region believed.
He said, “Opinion polls consistently show that support for uprisings in the region among large segments of Arab youth continues. Moreover, they expect it to continue in their countries as well as elsewhere, and governments should pay great attention to that.”