A UN report released Tuesday indicates that the number of migrants worldwide currently stands at 272 million, most of them welcomed in Europe and North America, 51 million more than in 2010.
According to the authors of the report by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs responsible for the population, after Europe (82 million) and North America (59 million), North Africa and West Asia. come next with 49 million migrants each.
Currently, migrants represent 3.5% of the world population compared to 2.8% in 2000, the document states.
“These data are essential to understand the important role of migrants and migrations in the development of countries of origin and countries of destination,” said Liu Zhenmin, head of UN Population Services, quoted in the statement.
Facilitating orderly and secure migration contributes to achieving the UN’s sustainable development goals, Zhenmin added.
According to the UN, half of the world’s 272 million migrants live in just 10 countries – the United States leads with 51 million people, 19% of the total.
This is followed by Germany and Saudi Arabia (13 million each), Russia (12 million), United Kingdom (10 million), United Arab Emirates (nine million), France, Canada and Australia, with eight million each and Italy (six million).
Regarding countries of origin, India comes first, with 18 million citizens residing abroad, followed by Mexico (12 million), China (11 million), Russia (10 million) and Syria (eight million), refers to the UN report.