Côte d'Ivoire


Johannes Samer

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The Ivory Coast is a country in Western Africa with approximately 20 million inhabitants. Before the two civil wars of 2002 to 2005 and of 2010 to 2011, the country was known as a classical immigration state. Therefore a quarter of its population have their roots in other countries; especially in other Western African states. As a consequence of the two civil wars hundreds of thousands of Ivorians became refugees. They spread to other regions both inside the Ivory Coast and, in particular, to other Western African states like adjacent Ghana or Liberia. Today the country is recovering from the civil wars and the economy is growing by almost 10% annually. Still, even today many refugees do not live in the regions where they originally came from.

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