Illegal emigration

Haraga is the term used for illegal emigration, when people leave the country without having the necessary visas to work abroad.

Boats at Algiers harbourUnemployment is high in Algeria, even for those with good qualifications. And it’s hard to get the necessary visas for working in other countries, especially if people don’t have a job offer lined up.

Therefore many young men choose to stow away on one of the ferries or boats leaving Algeria, hoping to find work in another country such as France or the UK.

Amira asks Tahar what he thinks about Haraga. He admits it’s a huge problem, especially because of the dangers young people can face.

But he is hopeful that more job opportunities are being created for the next generation. This is important, otherwise Algeria will lose a whole generation of ambitious and educated young men.