Countries with the Most Immigrants per Capita

Name the countries that have the highest percentage of foreign born residents.
As of 2019. United Nations via Wikipedia
Note: many of these residents are not citizens
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Last updated: January 13, 2021
First submittedAugust 7, 2018
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Country
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Vatican City
87.9
United Arab Emirates
78.7
Qatar
72.1
Kuwait
68.0
Monaco
67.0
Liechtenstein
58.5
Andorra
47.4
Luxembourg
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Country
46.0
Oman
45.2
Bahrain
38.3
Saudi Arabia
37.1
Singapore
33.1
Jordan
30.1
Antigua and Barbuda
30.0
Australia
29.9
Switzerland
%
Country
28.1
Palau
27.2
Lebanon
25.5
Brunei
23.0
Israel
22.3
New Zealand
21.7
F. S. Micronesia
21.3
Canada
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Level 91
Aug 7, 2018
Excellent quiz. Might I suggest that 'Vatican', 'UAE' and 'Antigua' be made acceptable type-ins (as they are in other such quizes)? Cheers.
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Level ∞
Aug 8, 2018
Fixed, thanks.
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Level 84
Aug 8, 2018
While we're at it, the plural of "quiz" is "quizzes"! :)
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Level 84
Aug 8, 2018
I forgot Nauru, even though I've been there and saw that Nauruans generally won't work -- they import Gilbert Islanders to do the phosphate mining for them, and collect the royalties (like the Gulf Arabs prominent on this list).
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Level 76
Aug 11, 2018
Nauru is largely broke, and since 2001 has been used for the internment of refugees dumped there by Australia. There are about 1700 refugees held on Nauru as of March 2018, in deplorable conditions.

Short history of Nauru, Australia's dumping ground for refugees

Australians demand end to Nauru refugee centres

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Level 80
May 1, 2019
Thanks for those comments and links. I knew next to nothing about Nauru before. Just read a few articles beginning with the ones you linked to and will be reading more. What a tragic history and present state of affairs, on many levels.
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Level 67
Feb 28, 2021
"in deplorable conditions" Well, nobody forced them there.
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Level 42
Mar 1, 2021
Nothing forced them exempt their life situation. But i guess suicide is also an option.
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Level 42
Mar 1, 2021
I love this comment, how can someone not understand asylum that badly??
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Level 62
Mar 2, 2021
Sorry but nobody has an overland border with Australia. Nobody is trying to seek asylum in Australia because it's their only option; they're trying to go to Australia in particular because it's a rich country with high wages and benefits. Probably they're transiting through other safe countries and opting to continue on to Australia because they don't want to live the rest of their life in Indonesia, even though it's safe for them there. I still understand sympathy, but realistically the alternative is not "Australia or being murdered." It's "Australia or living in a developing country."
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Level 79
Aug 17, 2018
I started with some Caribbean and Pacific islands but gave up too quickly, 20/23 on first try
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Level 79
Jan 14, 2021
Found all of them this time, Antigua was the last one left in the Caribbean (skipping Cuba and Haiti)
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Level 67
Feb 28, 2021
I'm kicking myself so hard now for trying literally every small Caribbean other then Antigua... I also tried a few Oceanian nations and when they didn't work, I just figured that people didn't want to move to those places so I skipped the rest.
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Level 45
Sep 13, 2018
Sweden is not far from making this list with 18,5%
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Level 45
Sep 13, 2018
Nice quiz! :) I tried all the top immigrant destination countries first, then realised that these smaller nations would have a far higher proportion of foreign born residents, even though more people overall immigrate to the larger countries. Clever little trick there!
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Level 54
Sep 13, 2018
Wow - I only got the last one! I wasn't thinking small as was needed!
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Level 29
Sep 14, 2018
im pretty sure usa sould be #1
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Level 48
Sep 14, 2018
In a historical sense, yes. In a currently popular political strategic talking-point, yes. In a mathematical reality, not even close. The Migration Policy Institute estimated about 13.5% for the year 2016.
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Level 48
Sep 14, 2018
Oman that's a surprise.
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Level 82
Sep 15, 2018
They have large numbers of expat workers there, same as the other GCC countries. There are also quite a few Yemeni refugees.
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Level 75
Jan 24, 2021
*swish*
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Level 55
Dec 28, 2018
You might want to replace Canada with the Netherlands, since 22,6% of the population is a migrant. This is the (official) source but it is in Dutch haha: https://opendata.cbs.nl/statline/#/CBS/nl/dataset/37296ned/table?dl=107C4.
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Level 64
Mar 22, 2019
Not everyone with a migration background is a foreign born resident. The number for the Netherlands, in case you were wondering, really is 11.1 %.
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Level 71
Sep 5, 2019
That feeling when you guess a random island nation with 0:05 remaining.... :-)
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Level 51
Jan 13, 2021
I made the opposite here
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Level 60
Jan 14, 2021
depends on what you call immigrants. The USA must be one of the largest immigrant countries, because all non native americans are immigrants.
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Level 66
Jan 14, 2021
depends on what you call immigrants, native americans came to America from Asia
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Level 82
Jan 14, 2021
If you consider anyone whose ancestors were born some place other than where they live, then all people everywhere are immigrants.
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Level 68
Jan 16, 2021
Are you saying that we came from outer space?
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Level 74
Jan 14, 2021
Wow, got them all with 0:26 remaining
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Level 61
Feb 28, 2021
Why Micronesia, Palau, and Antigua?
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Level 61
Feb 28, 2021
Am I the only one who tried San Marino more than 10 times
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Level 52
Feb 28, 2021
Is really nobody born in the Vatican?
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Level 75
Mar 1, 2021
There are only a couple dozen women living in Vatican City at any given time. Like 95% of the people who live there are men (most of whom are celibate).
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Level 64
Feb 28, 2021
RIP Switzerland

RIP Australia

RIP New Zealand

RIP Canada

RIP Luxembourg

RIP Europe

It was a good run

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Level 38
Feb 28, 2021
Lol, they are among the wealthiest countries in the world. Immigration is not such a bad deal ;)
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Level 47
Feb 28, 2021
im confused why does this guy have a problem that these countries have immigrants?
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Level 61
Mar 1, 2021
one would assume he is referring to their loss of cultural identity due to non-assimilating immigrants.
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Level 57
Mar 1, 2021
Even then, they're missing the point. Luxembourg and Switzerland are on this list because wealthy foreign nationals reside there for tax purposes.
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Level 76
Mar 1, 2021
All those Proto-Indo-European, Hunnic, Vandal and Ostrogoth immigrants ruined Europe.
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Level 75
Mar 1, 2021
I was wondering about Switzerland. I've known a few people who worked there temporarily and found it pretty hostile to outsiders.
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Level 55
Mar 1, 2021
Stop reading Breitbart and go outside
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Level 54
Mar 1, 2021
ummmm, debatable
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Level 62
Mar 2, 2021
Lack of national identity will certainly cause problems in the long run.
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Level 58
Feb 28, 2021
Residents are not immigrants. You can live and work in a foreign country for a long time without becoming an immigrant.
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Level 71
Jun 8, 2021
Indeed. And in the case of a few of these countries, imported slave class would be a better term to use than immigrants.
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Level 60
Feb 28, 2021
Can you pls try my quizzes.
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Level 53
Feb 28, 2021
I indeed can. But do you want me to?
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Level 55
Mar 3, 2021
nobody can live in or immigrate to the vatican..... are you saying pope francis is an immigrant?
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Level 65
Mar 5, 2021
yes, he is. He was not born there, he didn't grow up in Vatican
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Level 25
Mar 5, 2021
Yes, all people holding Vatican citizenship are immigrants.

They can't be born there because the citizenship is conferred to men only*, and that only for a limited time (unless you're the Pope), i.e. ius offici.

This means you can only get Vatican citizenship if the Pope wants you to work there, basically - and you only hold that citizenship during your stay there.

*Women married to men working there sometimes can also get citizenship if the Pope feels like it during their stay, but that's not guaranteed. Since most men permanently living there are clergy of some sort and have to be celibate anyway, this rarely occurs.