Nov. 30, 2019

The Global Migration Report 2020 was recently released by the UN-affiliated International Organization for Migration (IOM).

Key findings of the report:

  • Of the 272 international migrants worldwide (3.5% of the global population), India accounts for the highest share with 17.5 million Indians living outside the country. India is followed by Mexico (11.8 million) and China (10.7 million).

  • Roughly two-thirds of international migrants are labour migrants.

  • India is the leading recipient of remittances. International remittances in 2018 (2020 report) reached $689 billion, out of which India received $78.6 million from the 17.5 million living abroad. India is currently followed by China ($67.4 billion) and Mexico ($35.7 billion).

  • The top destinations for international migrants is the USA followed by Germany, Saudi Arabia, Russian Federation and the UK.

  • The top migration corridors for Indians are the United Arab Emirates, the US and Saudi Arabia.

  • The highest number of migrants entering India come from Bangladesh.

  • Oceania is the region with the highest proportion of international migrants and the UAE is the country with the highest proportion of international migrants. More than half of all international migrants (141 million) live in Europe and North America.