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Migrant population, percent of total population, 2015 - Country rankings:

The average for 2015 based on 195 countries was 10 percent.The highest value was in the United Arab Emirates: 88 percent and the lowest value was in Angola: 0 percent. The indicator is available from 1990 to 2015. Below is a chart for all countries where data are available.

Measure: percent; Source: United Nations Population Division
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Countries Migrant population, 2015 Global rank Available data
UA Emirates 88 1 1990 - 2015
Qatar 75 2 1990 - 2015
Kuwait 74 3 1990 - 2015
Liechtenstein 63 4 1990 - 2015
Andorra 60 5 1990 - 2015
Macao 58 6 1990 - 2015
Monaco 56 7 1990 - 2015
Bahrain 51 8 1990 - 2015
Singapore 45 9 1990 - 2015
Luxembourg 44 10 1990 - 2015
Jordan 41 11 1990 - 2015
Oman 41 12 1990 - 2015
Hong Kong 39 13 1990 - 2015
Aruba 35 14 1990 - 2015
Gibraltar 34 15 1990 - 2015
Lebanon 34 16 1990 - 2015
Saudi Arabia 32 17 1990 - 2015
Ant.& Barb. 31 18 1990 - 2015
Bermuda 31 19 1990 - 2015
Switzerland 29 20 1990 - 2015
Australia 28 21 1990 - 2015
Palau 27 22 1990 - 2015
Maldives 26 23 1990 - 2015
Israel 25 24 1990 - 2015
Brunei 24 25 1990 - 2015
N. Caledonia 24 26 1990 - 2015
New Zealand 23 27 1990 - 2015
Canada 22 28 1990 - 2015
Kazakhstan 20 29 1990 - 2015
Austria 17 30 1990 - 2015
Cyprus 17 31 1990 - 2015
Sweden 17 32 1990 - 2015
Gabon 16 33 1990 - 2015
Ireland 16 34 1990 - 2015
Bahamas 15 35 1990 - 2015
Belize 15 36 1990 - 2015
Estonia 15 37 1990 - 2015
Germany 15 38 1990 - 2015
San Marino 15 39 1990 - 2015
Croatia 14 40 1990 - 2015
Norway 14 41 1990 - 2015
USA 14 42 1990 - 2015
Djibouti 13 43 1990 - 2015
Latvia 13 44 1990 - 2015
Montenegro 13 45 2010 - 2015
Seychelles 13 46 1990 - 2015
Spain 13 47 1990 - 2015
UK 13 48 1990 - 2015
Barbados 12 49 1990 - 2015
Belgium 12 50 1990 - 2015
France 12 51 1990 - 2015
Libya 12 52 1990 - 2015
Netherlands 12 53 1990 - 2015
Belarus 11 54 1990 - 2015
Faroe Isl. 11 55 1990 - 2015
Greece 11 56 1990 - 2015
Iceland 11 57 1990 - 2015
Slovenia 11 58 1990 - 2015
Ukraine 11 59 1990 - 2015
Denmark 10 60 1990 - 2015
Gambia 10 61 1990 - 2015
Italy 10 62 1990 - 2015
Ivory Coast 10 63 1990 - 2015
Malta 10 64 1990 - 2015
Costa Rica 9 65 1990 - 2015
Dominica 9 66 1990 - 2015
R. of Congo 9 67 1990 - 2015
Serbia 9 68 1990 - 2015
Suriname 9 69 1990 - 2015
Malaysia 8 70 1990 - 2015
Portugal 8 71 1990 - 2015
Russia 8 72 1990 - 2015
Bhutan 7 73 1990 - 2015
Botswana 7 74 1990 - 2015
Grenada 7 75 1990 - 2015
Puerto Rico 7 76 1990 - 2015
Saint Lucia 7 77 1990 - 2015
Armenia 6 78 1990 - 2015
Finland 6 79 1990 - 2015
North Macedonia 6 80 1990 - 2015
South Africa 6 81 1990 - 2015
Thailand 6 82 1990 - 2015
Argentina 5 83 1990 - 2015
Hungary 5 84 1990 - 2015
Lithuania 5 85 1990 - 2015
Palestine 5 86 1990 - 2015
Panama 5 87 1990 - 2015
Syria 5 88 1990 - 2015
Tonga 5 89 1990 - 2015
Venezuela 5 90 1990 - 2015
Burkina Faso 4 91 1990 - 2015
Chad 4 92 1990 - 2015
Czechia 4 93 1990 - 2015
Domin. Rep. 4 94 1990 - 2015
Georgia 4 95 1990 - 2015
Moldova 4 96 1990 - 2015
Namibia 4 97 1990 - 2015
Rwanda 4 98 1990 - 2015
St. Vincent & ... 4 99 1990 - 2015
Togo 4 100 1990 - 2015
Tr.&Tobago 4 101 1990 - 2015
Turkey 4 102 1990 - 2015
Turkmenistan 4 103 1990 - 2015
Uzbekistan 4 104 1990 - 2015
Azerbaijan 3 105 1990 - 2015
Burundi 3 106 1990 - 2015
Cape Verde 3 107 1990 - 2015
Chile 3 108 1990 - 2015
Iran 3 109 1990 - 2015
Kiribati 3 110 1990 - 2015
Kyrgyzstan 3 111 1990 - 2015
Liberia 3 112 1990 - 2015
Mauritania 3 113 1990 - 2015
Micronesia 3 114 1990 - 2015
Samoa 3 115 1990 - 2015
Slovakia 3 116 1990 - 2015
South Korea 3 117 1990 - 2015
Tajikistan 3 118 1990 - 2015
Zimbabwe 3 119 1990 - 2015
Albania 2 120 1990 - 2015
Benin 2 121 1990 - 2015
Cameroon 2 122 1990 - 2015
C.A. Republic 2 123 1990 - 2015
Comoros 2 124 1990 - 2015
Ecuador 2 125 1990 - 2015
Fiji 2 126 1990 - 2015
Guinea 2 127 1990 - 2015
Guyana 2 128 1990 - 2015
Japan 2 129 1990 - 2015
Kenya 2 130 1990 - 2015
Mali 2 131 1990 - 2015
Mauritius 2 132 1990 - 2015
Nepal 2 133 1990 - 2015
Pakistan 2 134 1990 - 2015
Paraguay 2 135 1990 - 2015
Poland 2 136 1990 - 2015
Senegal 2 137 1990 - 2015
Swaziland 2 138 1990 - 2015
Uganda 2 139 1990 - 2015
Uruguay 2 140 1990 - 2015
Afghanistan 1 141 1990 - 2015
Algeria 1 142 1990 - 2015
Bangladesh 1 143 1990 - 2015
Bolivia 1 144 1990 - 2015
Bosnia & Herz. 1 145 1990 - 2015
Bulgaria 1 146 1990 - 2015
DR Congo 1 147 1990 - 2015
Egypt 1 148 1990 - 2015
El Salvador 1 149 1990 - 2015
Eq. Guinea 1 150 1990 - 2015
Ethiopia 1 151 1990 - 2015
Ghana 1 152 1990 - 2015
G.-Bissau 1 153 1990 - 2015
Iraq 1 154 1990 - 2015
Jamaica 1 155 1990 - 2015
Malawi 1 156 1990 - 2015
Mexico 1 157 1990 - 2015
Mongolia 1 158 1990 - 2015
Mozambique 1 159 1990 - 2015
Nicaragua 1 160 1990 - 2015
Niger 1 161 1990 - 2015
Nigeria 1 162 1990 - 2015
Romania 1 163 1990 - 2015
S.T.&Principe 1 164 1990 - 2015
Sierra Leone 1 165 1990 - 2015
Sudan 1 166 2010 - 2015
Tunisia 1 167 1990 - 2015
Tuvalu 1 168 1990 - 2015
Vanuatu 1 169 1990 - 2015
Yemen 1 170 1990 - 2015
Zambia 1 171 1990 - 2015
Angola 0 172 1990 - 2015
Brazil 0 173 1990 - 2015
Burma 0 174 1990 - 2015
Cambodia 0 175 1990 - 2015
China 0 176 1990 - 2015
Colombia 0 177 1990 - 2015
Guatemala 0 178 1990 - 2015
Haiti 0 179 1990 - 2015
Honduras 0 180 1990 - 2015
India 0 181 1990 - 2015
Indonesia 0 182 1990 - 2015
Laos 0 183 1990 - 2015
Lesotho 0 184 1990 - 2015
Madagascar 0 185 1990 - 2015
Morocco 0 186 1990 - 2015
North Korea 0 187 1990 - 2015
Papua N.G. 0 188 1990 - 2015
Peru 0 189 1990 - 2015
Philippines 0 190 1990 - 2015
Solomon Isl. 0 191 1990 - 2015
Somalia 0 192 1990 - 2015
Sri Lanka 0 193 1990 - 2015
Tanzania 0 194 1990 - 2015
Vietnam 0 195 1990 - 2015


Definition: International migrant stock is the number of people born in a country other than that in which they live. It also includes refugees. The data used to estimate the international migrant stock at a particular time are obtained mainly from population censuses. The estimates are derived from the data on foreign-born population--people who have residence in one country but were born in another country. When data on the foreign-born population are not available, data on foreign population--that is, people who are citizens of a country other than the country in which they reside--are used as estimates. After the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991 people living in one of the newly independent countries who were born in another were classified as international migrants. Estimates of migrant stock in the newly independent states from 1990 on are based on the 1989 census of the Soviet Union. For countries with information on the international migrant stock for at least two points in time, interpolation or extrapolation was used to estimate the international migrant stock on July 1 of the reference years. For countries with only one observation, estimates for the reference years were derived using rates of change in the migrant stock in the years preceding or following the single observation available. A model was used to estimate migrants for countries that had no data.
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