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The Cost of Afro-Arab Social Exclusion in MENA

Date & Time

Apr. 5, 2023
12:00pm – 1:00pm ET


Online Only


The event explored the challenges to social inclusion of Afro-Arabs across the Middle East and North Africa, in addition to the widespread costs of discrimination. In every country, certain groups confront barriers that prevent them from fully participating in political, economic, and social life. In MENA, Afro-Arabs have been excluded from legal systems, land, and labor markets, and regularly face discriminatory attitudes and perceptions from the wider public.

This kind of social exclusion robs individuals of dignity, security, and the opportunity to lead a better life. Unless the root causes of structural exclusion and discrimination are addressed, countries across the region will not be able to achieve sustainable inclusive growth or rapid poverty reduction.

Hosted By

Middle East Program

The Wilson Center’s Middle East Program serves as a crucial resource for the policymaking community and beyond, providing analyses and research that helps inform US foreign policymaking, stimulates public debate, and expands knowledge about issues in the wider Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.  Read more

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