UN figures show steady rise in international migration

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Mr. John Wilmoth, Director of Population Division, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs. [UN Photo/Mark Garten]

With more than 230 million international migrants worldwide, more people than ever are living abroad, according to statistics released on Wednesday by the United Nations.

While the number of international migrants has been steadily increasing, the data shows they only account for approximately three per cent of the population.

John Wilmoth is Director of the Population Division in the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

"Overall, Europe and Asia host the largest numbers of international migrants, with 72 million residing in Europe and 71 million residing in Asia. Together, these two continents account for nearly two-thirds of all migrants worldwide." (26")

International migrants are mostly concentrated in 10 countries, with the largest numbers living in the United States, the Russian Federation, Germany and Saudi Arabia.

The UN General Assembly will hold a High-Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development in October.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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