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Migration and Remittances Factbook 2011 (Paperback)

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This factbook presents numbers and facts behind the stories of international migration and remittances, drawing on authoritative, publicly available data. It provides a comprehensive picture of emigration, skilled emigration, immigration, and remittance flows for 210 countries and 15 country groups.

Some interesting facts:

More than 215 million people, or 3 percent of the world population, live outside their countries of birth. Current migration flows, relative to population, are weaker than those of the last decades of the nineteenth century.

The volume of South-South migration (migration between developing countries) is larger than migration from the South to high-income OECD countries.

International migration is dominated by voluntary migration, which is driven by economic factors. Refugees and asylum seekers made up 16.3 million, or 8 percent, of international migrants in 2010.

Worldwide remittance flows are estimated to have exceeded $440 billion in 2010, of which developing countries received $325 billion. Remittances proved to be resilient during the recent global financial crisis?they fell only 6 percent in 2009 and registered a quick recovery in 2010.

The top migrant-destination country is the United States, followed by the Russian Federation, Germany, Saudi Arabia, and Canada. The top immigration countries, relative to population, include Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Andorra, and the Cayman Islands.


Publisher World Bank
Mfg Part# 9780821382189
SKU 213518668
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0821382187
Release Date 11/1/2010
Product Attributes
Book Format Paperback
Edition 0002
Number of Pages 0264
Publisher World Bank Publications
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