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The World Factbook Profile of Global Migration

he movement of people around the globe energizes cultures, fuels business and links us across national boundaries. But where are people going? And where are they coming from?

The World Factbook’s data on net migration illuminate the flow of people around the world today.

The numbers below show national net migration rates*, the contribution of migration to the overall level of population change in a country.  Rates are the difference between the number of people entering and leaving a country during 2012, per 1,000 persons.

More people entering a country than leaving it is referred to as net immigration; more persons leaving a country than entering as net emigration.  Many factors contribute to the “pull” that attracts immigrants and the “push” that prompts people to leave their home countries.  For example, a strong demand for labor might pull immigrants to a country, while conflicts or economic hardship can push people out of other countries.

Countries with highest immigration rates

Country

Net Immigration rate

Qatar

40.62

Zimbabwe

23.77

British Virgin Islands

18.56

Turks and Caicos Islands

17.27

United Arab Emirates

16.82

Singapore

15.62

Cayman Islands

15.37

Bahrain

14.74

Sint Maartin

14.24

Anguilla

12.97

 

Countries with highest emigration rates

Country

Net Emigration rate

Northern Mariana Islands

-41.32

Jordan

-33.42

Syria

-27.82

Micronesia, Federated States of

-20.97

Tonga

-17.90

Nauru

-15.04

Guyana

-12.78

Maldives

-12.64

Lebanon

-12.08

Somalia

-11.62

 

For more comparative data on social indicators such as birth rates and life expectancy, visit The World Factbook.

*The net migration rate does not distinguish between economic migrants, refugees and other types of migrants or between lawful and undocumented migrants.


Posted: Feb 07, 2013 07:39 AM
Last Updated: Feb 07, 2013 01:29 PM