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Where everyone in the world is migrating — in one gorgeous chart

Where everyone in the world is migrating in one gorgeous chart Quartz


While the results of the migration study aren’t particularly groundbreaking, there are two interesting insights:


1) Adjusted for population growth, the global migration rate has stayed roughly the same since around  since 1995 (it was higher from 1990-1995).


2) It’s not the poorest countries sending people to the richest countries, it’s countries in transition—still poor, but with some education and mobility—that are the highest migratory contributors.


“One of the conclusions they make in the paper, is the idea as countries develop, they continue to send more migrants, and at some point they become migrant-receiving regions themselves,” says Fernando Riosmena, a geographer from the University of Colorado, who did not contribute to this research, but is collaborating with one of the authors on a future paper.


A few other noteworthy results:


1) The largest regional migration is from Southeast Asia to the Middle East. This is largely driven by the huge, oil-driven, construction booms happening on the Arabian Peninsula.


2) The biggest flow between individual countries is the steady stream from Mexico to the US. (In fact, the US is the largest single migrant destination)


3) There’s a huge circulation of migrants among sub-Saharan African countries. 

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I had no idea the steady stream from Mexico to US is ongoing.

Or that Canada has so little migration!

Frankly this whole map is fascinating.

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