Migration: facts and figures

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  • 214 million – estimated number of international migrants worldwide.
  • The total number of international migrants has increased over the last ten years from an estimated 150 million in 2000 to 214 million persons today.
  • 3.1% – percentage of the world’s population who are migrants.
  • In other words, one of out of every 33 persons in the world today is a migrant (whereas in 2000 one out of every 35 persons was a migrant).
  • The percentage of migrants has remained relatively stable as a share of the total population, increasing by only 0.2 per cent (from 2.9 to 3.1 per cent), over the last decade.
  • However, the percentage of migrants varies greatly from country to country. Countries with a high percentage of migrants include Qatar (87 per cent), United Arab Emirates (70 per cent), Jordan (46 per cent), Singapore (41 per cent) and Saudi Arabia (28 per cent).
  • Countries with a low percentage of migrants include S

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