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30 Countries Hosting The Most Immigrants

The United States has the highest immigration population in the world, while Russia is a distant second

The United Nations published its most recent international migration data in 2013. According to the data, as of 2013, about 3.2 per cent of the world's population lives in some other country than their native country of birth. This figure is not much higher than that in 1960, when it stood at 2.6 per cent. The following data was also gathered in 2013 in regards to countries with the highest absolute immigrant populations. The United States made it to the first spot, with 45.8 million immigrants living within its borders. The next leading countries, listed in order by the highest numbers of immigrants, are the Russian Federation (11.0 million), Germany ( 9.8 million), Saudi Arabia (9.1 million), United Arab Emirates (7.8 million), United Kingdom (7.8 million), France (7.4 million) and Canada (7.3 million).

Countries That Welcome Immigrants

Although most countries view migrants favorably, some have negative attitudes towards refugees and migrants. In the European Union, Italy and Greece subscribe to the latter, while Germany has the most open policy towards accepting immigrants. In the North American nation of the United States, which is considered as a nation of immigrants, more than half of Americans think that their country is made stronger with these new additions to their talent pool. A recent study has been conducted by the Pew Survey (May 12-18, 2015) on public opinions in regards to how the people of the United States and several European countries look at immigration. This study has been compared to the similar Spring 2014 Global Attitudes Survey. The Pew survey was done in two aspects, in favor and not in favor. The following countries are listed by those most in favor of accepting immigrants first: Germany (66% favor), U.K. (52%), U.S.A. (51%), Spain (47%), France (45%), Poland (24%), Greece, and Italy (19%). This demonstrates that there is a great deal of disparity in regards to accepting newcomers between countries.

United Nations' Efforts to Deal with the Current Immigation Crisis

The Migration Policy Institute (MPI) recently made available the total asylum seekers applications received in 2015 for the European Union and European Free Trade Association countries. The grand total of applicants from the top 10 countries reached 900,730, according to the Migration Policy Institute (MPI). These 10 countries are Syria (221,730), Afghanistan (102,705), Iraq (69,460), Kosovo (68,930), Albania (54,340), Pakistan (36,680), Eritrea (35,990), Serbia (24,910), Nigeria (23,195), and the Ukraine (17,200). The 2015 Mediterranean migration crisis showed that the support for Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey, which collectively hosted about four million Syrian refugees, was sadly lacking, and therefore resulted in many refugees taking their chances on their bid for Europe as their final destination. In this regard, the United Nations has implemented a system to develop a global network to better enhance the fair treatment and quick resolution to the migrant- and refugee-related problems in the Middle East and Europe, as well as those looking to come to the United States. Later this year, United Nations member countries are expected to attend a summit in New York, hosted by the Secretary-General of the United Nations, to help resolve these migration issues.

Number Of Immigrant Residents, per Country

RankCountryNumber of immigrants
1United States45,785,090
2Russia11,048,064
3Germany9,845,244
4Saudi Arabia9,060,433
5United Arab Emirates7,826,981
6United Kingdom7,824,131
7France7,439,086
8Canada7,284,069
9Australia6,468,640
10Spain6,466,605
11Italy5,721,457
12India5,338,486
13Ukraine5,151,378
14Pakistan4,080,766
15Thailand3,721,735
16Kazakhstan3,476,233
17Kuwait2,920,000
18Jordan2,925,780
19Hong Kong2,804,753
20Iran2,649,516
21Malaysia2,469,173
22Ivory Coast2,446,171
23Japan2,437,169
24South Africa2,399,238
25Switzerland2,335,059
26Singapore2,323,252
27Israel2,046,873
28Netherlands1,964,922
29Argentina1,885,678
30Turkey1,864,889

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