“A study by the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) revealed that Egyptians spent LE13.8 billion on drugs in 2011, which is equivalent to 38.4 percent of the Suez Canal revenues, 7.6 percent of export revenues and 21.2 percent of tourism revenues. The study says unemployment is the most important factor that leads to the addiction or trafficking of drugs, as 39.1 percent of people facing trials in drug cases are unemployed.”
Assistant Professor, Middle East Political Economy, at the University of Oregon. Currently writing on the Egyptian revolution and the Syrian crisis.
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