World Immigration Statistics 1960-2024

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.
  • World immigration statistics for 2015 was 243,192,681.00, a 9.93% increase from 2010.
  • World immigration statistics for 2010 was 221,233,994.00, a 15.96% increase from 2005.
  • World immigration statistics for 2005 was 190,789,342.00, a 10.74% increase from 2000.
  • World immigration statistics for 2000 was 172,278,883.00, a 7.37% increase from 1995.
Data Source: World Bank

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Similar Country Ranking
Country Name Migrant Population
World 243,192,681.00
OECD members 128,976,484.00
North America 54,481,730.00
European Union 45,527,606.00
Euro Area 40,935,248.00
East Asia & Pacific 25,557,256.00
Sub-Saharan Africa 18,676,830.00
South Asia 11,377,262.00
Latin America & Caribbean 8,946,249.00
World Immigration Statistics - Historical Data
Year Migrant Population % of Total Population
2015 243,192,681.00 3.33
2010 221,233,994.00 3.21
2005 190,789,342.00 2.94
2000 172,278,883.00 2.84
1995 160,448,332.00 2.82
1990 152,269,004.00 2.88
1985 104,614,205.00 2.88
1980 93,716,870.00 2.88
1975 82,720,982.00 2.88
1970 78,381,866.00 2.88
1965 75,216,134.00 2.88
1960 71,884,946.00 2.88