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Countries with the Most Immigrants

Name the countries that have the largest immigrant populations.
As of 2015. Source: United Nations via Wikipedia
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Last updated: September 12, 2018
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Immigrants
%
Country
46.6 mil
14.5
United States
12.0 mil
14.7
Germany
11.6 mil
8.1
Russia
10.2 mil
32.3
Saudi Arabia
8.54 mil
13.1
United Kingdom
8.10 mil
88.4
United Arab Emirates
7.84 mil
21.9
Canada
7.78 mil
11.7
France
6.76 mil
28.4
Australia
5.79 mil
9.5
Italy
Immigrants
%
Country
5.24 mil
0.4
India
4.83 mil
10.7
Ukraine
4.46 mil
9.6
Spain
3.91 mil
5.7
Thailand
3.63 mil
1.9
Pakistan
3.55 mil
20.2
Kazakhstan
3.11 mil
34.0
Jordan
2.96 mil
3.8
Turkey
2.87 mil
72.8
Kuwait
2.73 mil
3.4
Iran
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level ∞
Aug 7, 2018
Note, the percentages in the Wikipedia article are not accurate. We calculated the percentages ourselves based on the 2015 population of countries.
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level 82
Aug 8, 2018
Enjoyable,. I was struggling with a couple of answers and had to work out the overall population based on the hints given. This then gave me an idea of the size of the country and enabled me to have a better guess at them..
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level 71
Aug 8, 2018
Does this include refugees? Could be specified (yes or no) at the beginning. I'm thinking of Lebanon, for example.
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level 74
Aug 17, 2018
I guess it does, like all residents.
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level 61
Oct 2, 2018
Lebanon doesn't even have 2.5+ million Syrian refugees.
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level 61
Aug 8, 2018
20/20 with 0:01 remaining =0
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level 80
Aug 8, 2018
I'm guessing an update to 2018 would show several million Venezuelans now living in Colombia.
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level 44
Sep 14, 2018
Where does Iran get their 2,73 million immigrants from, who are that desperate?
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level 28
Sep 14, 2018
According to Wikipedia, they have one of the largest refugee population in the world, at over one million. https://esa.un.org/miggmgprofiles/indicators/files/Iran.pdf has slightly smaller numbers (albeit for 2012 and 2013): 868,172 refugees and 2,426,731 immigrants. (not clear whether refugees are included in the total immigrant population). Countries of origin are Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan. Shiites who find conditions in their home countries bad or intolerable, possibly?
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level 63
Oct 30, 2018
Thank you for your answer, I was going to ask the same question myself.
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level 77
Sep 15, 2018
Look at the neighborhood they're in. Iran's not so bad compared to some places in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, or Pakistan. Especially if you are shia or some other religious minority.
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level 44
Oct 30, 2018
I suppose you'r right. I just expected their national security and borders to be of nearly North Korean standards when it came to immigrants who aren't shiites.
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level 62
Oct 30, 2018
If you think Iran is in any way similar to NK, you have bought too much of the US media propaganda.
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level 61
Oct 30, 2018
Ferben is right. Iran doesn't have any security problems, and does not treat its citizens in any way like North Korea. Just because it doesn't agree with the US's views, doesn't mean its a bad country.
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level 77
Oct 30, 2018
There are a lot of problems with Iran and human rights issues rank highly among them. Both Iran and North Korea are repressive dictatorships. NK is worse, but that doesn't mean they are "not in any way alike." The reason river's comparison is so invalid is not because Iran a free and open democracy that welcomes unchecked immigration, but rather that Iran is a huge country with very long very porous borders along deserts, mountain ranges, and seas that are difficult to patrol. North Korea's borders are much easier to secure. Also, nobody in their right mind from South Korea, China, or Russia wants to move to North Korea, but plenty of people in countries near Iran would have cause to want to go to Iran.
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level 63
Oct 30, 2018
I wonder why Kazakhstan became so popular?
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level 77
Oct 30, 2018
There were some serious famines in Kazakhstan under the Soviet Union resulting in large population displacements and a large Kazakh diaspora. Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, many of these dispersed Kazakhs have been returning to Kazakhstan. There has also been a lot of immigration from the neighboring -stans to the south, especially Uzbekistan.
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level 59
Nov 1, 2018
Kazakhstan is economically doing well too, there are probably more job opportunities than in other stan countries. Also, Borat.
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level 68
Apr 1, 2019
Would Kazakhs who return to their country of origin actually be called immigrants?
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level 57
Apr 1, 2019
They may be classified as such if they were just Soviet citizens previously. Some people must presumably have been given a nationality they didn't identify with following the collapse of the Soviet Union.
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level 77
Oct 30, 2018
The entire UAE is almost 90% immigrants now? Wow.
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level 68
Oct 31, 2018
People go back and forth to DPRK quite often. There are a lot of children born to couples of mixed Chinese and Korean citizenship (of Korean ethnicity).
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level 70
Oct 31, 2018
Why so many immigrants into the Ukraine? I read somewhere they have low wages, lower than China. Displacement from the war would be more internal than from external sources.
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level 62
Nov 1, 2018
I would guess displaced Russians of Ukrainian descent, but I haven't looked into it.
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level 77
Nov 2, 2018
I think it's similar to the answer I gave above for Kazakhstan.
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level 68
Nov 17, 2018
The most important reason for Ukraine being here must be internal migration within the Soviet Union before its collapse.
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level 80
Jan 8, 2019
It is really insane that China is not in this list.
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level 83
Mar 6, 2019
Is it? Sure it's a big country, but their entrance policies aren't exactly welcoming.
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level 77
Apr 1, 2019
I would say so. Yes, they're notoriously xenophobic, but having fewer immigrants in the entire country than Kuwait? That's pretty extreme. And probably not even accurate. I bet the source is counting China, Hong Kong, and Macau separately.

::does some sniffing around::

yep.. as I thought. If you add all 3 together the total number of immigrants in China is 4,149,980.
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level 77
Apr 1, 2019
^this would actually put China above Thailand. Not sure if QM wants to update this, though. And further complicating things it might be that some of the immigrant population in Hong Kong and Macau are from mainland China and vice versa... but I bet they still beat out Kuwait.