International Migrant Stock 2019

News: Union Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), Population Division, has released International Migrant Stock 2019.


Key takeaways from International Migrant Stock 2019:

  • Number of international migrants in the world had reached an estimated 272 million 2019 — 51 million more than in 2010.
  • The percentage of international migrants of the total global population has increased to 3.5% from 2.8% in 2000.
  • India (17.5 million) is the top source of international migrants, followed by Mexico, China, Russia and Syria.
  • The number of migrants living in India declined from 5.24 million in 2015 to an estimated 5.15 million in 2019. Bangladesh was the leading country of origin for migrants in India.
  • 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.

Additional Information:

United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA):

  • It is part of the United Nations Secretariat and is responsible for the follow-up to major United Nations Summits and Conferences, as well as services to the United Nations Economic and Social Council and the Second and Third Committees of the United Nations General Assembly.
  • It assists countries around the world in agenda-setting and decision-making with the goal of meeting their economic, social and environmental challenges.
  • It was established in 1948. It is headquartered in New York, USA.