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Global differences in researcher mobility laid bare

European researchers face the fewest difficulties when travelling internationally for their work, while African researchers have the toughest time, a survey has found.

In a survey of about 2,500 researchers around the world, about half of European respondents said they had faced no obstacles when visiting other countries for research purposes, whereas only 28 per cent of African respondents said the same.

European researchers were also the most mobile, with 59 per cent travelling at least twice a year compared with 34 per cent of North Americans, 30 per cent of Africans and 25 per cent of Asians. Three-quarters of all respondents said they had moved to another country for a research purpose, with around half having done so for at least a year.

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