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India top source for immigrants

Date: 19 September 2019 Tags: Reports & Indices


India has emerged as the leading country of origin for immigrants across the world, according to a dataset released by the Union Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs in New York.



The International Migrant Stock 2019 was released by the UN DESA's Population Division. It has said that the number of international migrants in the world had reached an estimated 272 million in 2019.The percentage of international migrants of the total global population has increased to 3.5% from 2.8% in 2000.



  • The UN DESA Population has said that one-third of all international migrants originated from 10 countries and after India, Mexico ranked second as the country of origin for 12 million migrants, followed by China (11 million), Russia (10 million) and Syria (8 million).

  • The European region hosted the highest number of the immigrants at 82 million in 2019, followed by North America (59 million) and Northern Africa and Western Asia (49 million).

  •  Among countries, the U.S. hosts the highest number of international migrants (51 million), about 19% of the global population.

  • Forced displacements continue to rise, with the number of refugees and asylum seekers increased by about 13 million from 2010 to 2017.

  • The number of migrants living in India saw a slight decline from 5.24 million in 2015 to an estimated 5.15 million in 2019 about 0.4% of the total population of the country.Bangladesh was the leading country of origin for migrants in India.

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