UBC-14 data is only statistically calculated. Recent news articles confirm widespread “gold digging”. Due to lack of other data, the estimation of 7,000 remains the best available guess.
Min/max: +/- 1,000 appears reasonable
Female participation: Being an islamic country, participation of women is unlikely: 0.
Gold: All data are for ASGM.

2014: 7,000

(UBC-14): Gold-only data produced by statistic modelling:

Expected ASM population: 7,000 
Estimated ASM gold production: 0.27 - 0.3 t/a
ReferenceYearCitationArchived CopyLink
ARM-182018Barreto, M.L.,Schein, P., Hinton, J., Hruschka, F. (2018): The Impact of Small-Scale Mining Operations on Economies and Livelihoods in Low- to Middle-Income Countries. ARM, Envigado, PACT,…
IGF-182018IGF (2018): Global Trends in Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining (ASM): A review of key numbers and issues. IIED/IISD, London,…
UBC-142014Seccatore, J., Veiga, M., et al. (Univ. of British Columbia - UBC) (2014): An estimation of the artisanal small-scale production of gold in the world. Scitotenv.…


2017: “Hundreds of young people are flocking to the Iferi neighborhood in Djanet, Algeria, to dig for gold after a group of young men found small pieces in the border areas of Illizi province.

ASM DATA - Country Database Record
Country CodeDZA
ASM StatusExisting (data assessed)
Country Count1
Data year2014
Publ. year2018
ASM Miners7,000
- gold7 ,000
Data curation as reported
Inc. DevMinno
- min.6,000
- max.8,000
- female0
ASM Commoditiesgold
  • country/algeria.txt
  • Last modified: 2022/11/10
  • by Felix Hruschka