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Countries by Net Migration

Name the countries that gained and lost the most residents due to migration during the five year period of 2013 to 2017.
Net migration = immigration minus emigration
According to the World Bank
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First submittedAugust 19, 2015
Last updatedDecember 15, 2018
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Destinations
Country
+4,500,000
United States
+1,850,000
Germany
+1,525,000
Turkey
+1,100,000
Canada
+900,000
United Kingdom
+850,000
Australia
+800,000
Russia
+605,000
Oman
+590,000
Saudi Arabia
+400,000
France
+350,000
Italy
+300,000
United Arab Emirates
Sources
Country
-2,450,000
India
-2,350,000
Bangladesh
-1,625,000
China
-1,240,000
Syria
-1,070,000
Pakistan
-825,000
Indonesia
-650,000
Philippines
-450,000
Sri Lanka
-350,000
Nepal
-300,000
Nigeria
-300,000
Mexico
-300,000
Afghanistan
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level 72
Aug 19, 2015
Fascinating!
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level 69
Sep 10, 2015
Why were people migrating to South Sudan? It was in the middle of a civil war, wasn't it?
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level 76
Sep 17, 2015
Compare to the loss for Sudan, and you have your answer.
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level 69
Sep 28, 2015
Strange though, since South Sudan is one of the least developed countries in the world, has very little to no basic infrastructure throughout most of the country and has been in a near constant state of civil war since its independence. I would have expected the numbers to have been switched if anything. Sudan is a pretty bad place to live to, but not as bad as S. Sudan in my opinion.
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level 48
Sep 29, 2015
Depends on their reason for immigrating; there are plenty besides economic ones. If I understand right, a major factor in the civil war was religion, since Sudan is a majority Muslim country and South Sudan has a much lower Muslim population. Perhaps many of the immigrants are Christians or other non-Muslims that would rather live in South Sudan.
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level 51
Nov 14, 2017
And they may have been on their way south, but for whatever reason were unable to continue. South Africa, compared to a lot of places in Africa, is a nice place to live.
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level 72
Sep 28, 2015
why did so many flock to oman?
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level 64
Sep 28, 2015
Maybe something to do with them not being sunni or shia? I guess Oman is sort of the mediator of the middle east towing the line between gulf states and Iran
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level 83
Sep 18, 2017
"Toeing the line". Imagine it as someone standing right up against a line, looking down at where their toes are.
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level 79
Sep 29, 2015
It's their new tourist slogan....Oman? O, Man!
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level 54
Oct 2, 2015
Low-class workers from Pakistan, Philippines etcetera?
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level 25
Nov 4, 2017
low-class? LMAO.
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level 45
Feb 15, 2016
Oman is something of an up and coming economy in the gulf region and they're starting to require more workers, so that may attract migration. I suppose conflict in Yemen could be a factor too, though this was from 2012 where there weren't as many Yemeni refugees as now.
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level 50
Jun 10, 2016
There's a lot of migration from India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan to UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain and Kuwait.
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level 51
Nov 17, 2016
Immigration from regional states may be the reason. I think the ongoing civil war in neighboring Yemen may play a factor in Oman's population, too.
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level 77
Sep 28, 2015
Can't believe I missed Mexico... only one I missed.
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level 76
Sep 28, 2015
I also wondered why so many were moving to Oman. I googled it, but I still wonder why it would be any more welcoming than surrounding countries. Kalbahamut, having lived in the region do you have an answer?
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level 77
Sep 28, 2015
I don't know. I guessed Saudi, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, and the UAE before Oman. I have two guesses. One, Oman borders Yemen, and I think is more welcoming to refugees than Saudi Arabia. Two, I'm not sure how they count migration but if expat workers on residency permits don't count... then... those other countries are notoriously difficult to settle in. Saudi gives out permanent residency or citizenship to almost nobody.
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level 73
Oct 26, 2016
My complete guess would be that Oman is starting develop more recently, so lots of people are coming anew, while elsewhere the numbers are more stable as people arrive but also leave.
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level 77
Jan 13, 2017
Got them all this time. Picked up South Sudan with 7 seconds left.
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level 77
Sep 28, 2015
For a second I thought the destinations matched up with the sources and I was trying to figure out why 1,200,000 Mexicans moved to the UK...
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level 15
Jul 22, 2017
Would be nice to have some more Mexicans here....
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level 77
Sep 29, 2015
hmm only missed Morocco. I started with Egypt and started heading west but none of them were answers so i gave up before I got to Morocco.
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level 43
Jul 25, 2016
100% ! nice quizz !
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level 69
Aug 23, 2016
How does Russia still manage to have a shrinking population with such a huge net influx of migrants? Also, where are they coming from that Russia looks like an attractive prospect right now?
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level 73
Oct 26, 2016
- It's still a huge country, so to offset the low fertility rate it would need A LOT of immigrants - I think mainly from Caucasus, Central Asia, China. There are many developed parts of Russia with lots of jobs, plus the first two are Russian speakers.
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level 25
Jan 13, 2017
Not really, Georgia speaks Georgian, Armenia speaks Armenian, Azerbaijan speaks Azerbaijani, Kazakhstan speaks Kazakh, Uzbekistan speaks Uzbek, Kyrgyzstan speaks Kyrgyz, Tajikistan speaks Tajik and I'm not sure about Turkmenistan
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level 59
Jan 15, 2017
All of those countries have their national language as an official first language, but thanks to the legacy of the Soviet Union they also have a high proportion of educated Russian speakers.
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level 73
Dec 15, 2018
Right, of course their mother tongue is mostly something else (the most notable exception is Kazakhstan with a quarter of native Russian speakers), but a vast majority speak Russian as a second language, many with practically native level fluency. Foreign movies for example are shown only with Russian dubbing in many countries, no local subtitles or dubbing. Things have changed the most in Georgia, where many young people don't speak Russian but they're much better in English.
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level 35
Sep 23, 2016
I bet most of the Mexican immigrants are illegal immigrants and most of the Syrian immigrants are refugees.
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level 40
Dec 16, 2016
Wow, guessed Oman with 35 seconds left and got it. I was not expecting it to be right at all.
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level 27
Jan 13, 2017
Really? Wow!
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level 54
Jan 13, 2017
Can't believe I missed Libya, I tried all the countries around it (except Tunisia)
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level 77
Jan 13, 2017
It's not just over a five-year period: It's five years old. Your data ends in 2012, doesn't it? It seems like that would be worth mentioning.
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level 48
Jan 13, 2017
Almost got them all. Didn't expect the Philippines.
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level 77
Jan 13, 2017
That was the first one I guessed. The Filipino Diaspora is huge.
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level 32
Jan 13, 2017
Incredibly interesting
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level 24
Jan 21, 2017
No Jordan, It has 3 million Syrian refugees there
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level 55
Nov 19, 2018
what about venezuela it is currently going through an economical crisis, i think this quiz needs updating
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level ∞
Dec 15, 2018
Venezuela currently at -60,000 but it will increase over time for sure. Also, I wouldn't count on any data coming from Venezuela to be accurate. I'm not sure about this data set, but sometimes the UN will simply report data that is collected by the statistical agencies of a national government. In the case of Venezuela, those stats are often bogus.