The share of the global migrant population forced to leave their homes is growing

The total number of migrants continues to rise in all regions of the world, according to a new UN report (pdf). That’s not so surprising given this ever more connected world. What is worrying, however, is that the percentage of those migrants who are forced to leave is also growing.

There are now an estimated 272 million people living somewhere other than their home country, some voluntarily and some forced, representing 3.5% of the world’s total population.

The largest number of migrants comes from India. Some 18 million Indians now live abroad. Mexico is a distant next with 12 million living outside the country. China comes in third with about 11 million. And who is hosting all these migrants? The US is always the perennial leader and this year is no different: 51 million migrants live in the United States. Germany and Saudi Arabia are the second most popular destinations. Both host about 13 million people.

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