If you click on the link (above), you can find the number of migrants into and out of every country, and also a breakdown of the destinations of emigrants from every country and the sources of immigration into every country. I think this is interesting, and maybe you will, too.
These figures reflect total numbers of peoples living in a country other than the one in which they were born, as of the year 2010. They do not reflect recent events, such as the Ukrainian civil war or the Syrian refugee crisis.
My conclusions and impressions:
- My own country, the United States of America, is by far the world’s greatest destination for immigrants. More than one in five of the world’s migrants live in the USA.
- Although 13.8 percent of US residents are foreign-born, this is less than Canada’s 21.3 percent or Australia’s 25.7 percent. Countries I don’t think of as immigrant destinations, such as Spain and Sweden, have as high a percentage of foreign-born as the United States. About 19.4 percent of Irish residents are foreign-born.
- A lot of people have moved in and out of Russia, although the numbers are comparatively small as a percentage of the Russian population. I can think of different ways to interpret this, although I’m not sure any of them is correct. One is that an ethnic sorting is going on among the former Soviet republics. The worst possibility is that Russia is losing educated, professional people and gaining low-paid, unskilled workers.
- Iran is the largest destination for emigrants from both Afghanistan and Iraq. The largest destination for Iranian emigrants is the USA.
- About 66 percent of the residents of the United Arab Emirates are immigrants, mostly low-paid workers from the Indian subcontinent. About 28.3 percent of residents of Saudi Arabia are foreign-born workers.
I’d be interested to know what nuggets others find in the data.