Migration provides best opportunities for people to embrace and integrate in each other culture and can dramatically improve this economic growth of host country. Many factors contribute to make countries to be called “immigrant nations”, most countries aiming to bring in more highly-skilled workers such as labor market of Gulf states demand skilled immigrant, similarly education sector demands injection of talented foreign students to earn instant foreign reserves and increasing human capital in a long run. Most migrants are forced to say goodbye to their homeland due to war, famine, poverty or a lack of sexual, political or personal freedom. Better education systems, employment opportunities, cultural richness and welfare programmes also serve as great magnet to attract people from around the world.
Today, there are about 232 million international immigrants in the world, and that number is increasing every year. As per United Nations report, 3.2 percent of the world’s population lived in a country other than the one in which they were born. According to data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the number of new asylum seekers rose by 46 percent in 2014 and is expected to climb even higher in 2015.
United States, often described as a nation of immigrants, has 14.3 percent of the population who was born outside of the country but still far behind United Arab Emirates, American Samoa and Qatar which took the most immigrants where over 70 percent of the population was born abroad.
Approximately half of all the world’s migrants reside in just ten countries; of course, many of these nations are among the most populous in the world. Here are ten countries which remain the most popular destinations for migrants in the world.
|Rank||Country||Total Immigrants (In Millions)|
|5||United Arab Emirates||7.8|
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