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Five Biggest Immigrant Groups by Country #1

Below are 10 countries. Name the country of origin for the five biggest foreign born populations in each of the following.

Whole Series: 1, 2 and 3
Source: UN (2017) and Wikipedia
Quiz by relessness
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First submittedAugust 27, 2014
Last updatedMarch 11, 2019
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United States
Mexico
China
India
Philippines
Vietnam
 
France
Algeria
Morocco
Portugal
Tunisia
Italy
China
South Korea
Taiwan
Brazil
Philippines
Indonesia
 
United Kingdom
India
Poland
Pakistan
Ireland
Germany
Australia
United Kingdom
New Zealand
China
India
Vietnam
 
Bahrain
India
Egypt
Bangladesh
Pakistan
Philippines
Switzerland
Germany
Italy
Portugal
Serbia
France
 
Brazil
Portugal
Japan
Paraguay
Bolivia
Italy
Germany
Poland
Turkey
Russia
Kazakhstan
Syria
 
Russia
Ukraine
Kazakhstan
Uzbekistan
Azerbaijan
Belarus
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level 76
Aug 28, 2014
nice quiz. Got most pretty quickly but didn't pick up the last Swiss country until there were only 12 seconds to go.
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level 55
Aug 28, 2014
I've missed the USA in China...damn!
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level 60
Sep 28, 2014
Me too. And Philippines & Taiwan, just those.
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level 72
Sep 7, 2014
Fascinating idea - nice quiz
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level 45
Sep 25, 2014
Dayum France is being 'Islamified'. Nice quiz though!
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level 29
Sep 25, 2014
France shouldn't have colonised those countries in the first place then
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level 76
Sep 25, 2014
That might have been smart. Sort of like when Trapper Keeper Ultra Keeper Futura S 2000 tried to merge with Rosie O'Donnell.
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level 52
Oct 15, 2016
Nobody should have colonized those countries in the first place
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level 53
Jan 23, 2017
France colonized them because they kept sending pirates to attack Europe during the barbary wars and because the Arabs kept ignoring the ban on slavery. France colonizing them has nothing to do with too many of them coming there. Germany neber colonized any Muslim countries and yet look how many there are now. Before you make ignorant comments educate yourself first.
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level 67
Apr 29, 2017
gzx5: wow, I gotta get my hands on that textbook.
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level 56
May 15, 2019
@gzx5 indeed. Vive la France
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level 76
May 15, 2019
I agree and would like to see some people here get their hands on a good history textbook.
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level 46
Jul 16, 2019
you miiiiight want to learn a little more history involving the barbary trade
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level 44
Jan 6, 2017
Is that a bad thing?
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level 68
May 16, 2019
Well, that depends on whether you value French culture, human rights, and secularism. I assume that, as a Marxist, you give lip service to the last one and disdain the rest, so for you, not that bad a thing, no. But then, France's real problem is being taken over not by Muslims but by Marxists.
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level 22
Jan 23, 2017
There are only 7% of muslims in France,this is not really an "islamisation"
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level 65
Feb 5, 2017
Compare the birth rates and you'll see in the next twenty-thirty years it will be almost the caliphate of France
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level 47
Feb 5, 2017
Yes because birth rates have always remained the same throughout time.
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level ∞
Feb 5, 2017
I think the top answer here is pretty good. By 2050, France could be 25% Islamic, but probably less. But in the year 2100, who knows? It's definitely possible that France could be majority Islamic by then.
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level 55
Jun 8, 2017
That's pretty alarming
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level ∞
Mar 11, 2019
Of course, in the far future nearly 100% of people will be descended from religious extremists who do not practice birth control.
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level 48
May 15, 2019
So what if countries change to become islamic? You think there was nothing in western countries before christianity? In what way does 'islamic' mean bad? And don't just refer to the extremists, there have been plenty of christian extremist terrorists in Northern Ireland, so maybe we should be alarmed that france is 'still' christian? What about the countries in Africa that had christianity rammed down their throats without asking? You think the west is squeaky clean? It wasn't that long ago we were executing people in the west by hanging drawing and quartering, homosexuality was illegal, etc. etc. You are assuming that islam and islamic countries won't become more liberal over the time, the same way almost all countries have. You need to get some historic perspective in your life before lecturing others with your islamaphobic messages (aimed at anyone who has an irrational fear of muslims)
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level ∞
May 15, 2019
In the long run, we'll all be dead so who cares. But I don't think most people like the idea of their culture becoming extinct and replaced with another one, even if it happens long after they die. It's an understandable concern, even if somewhat irrational.
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level 76
May 15, 2019
though figures for atheism are always suppressed in Muslim countries and underreported in Muslim communities there is some hope that that rate of de-conversion will in the future outpace the rate that the crazies can reproduce. It's a pitched battle between Utopia and Idiocracy; admittedly the latter side seems to be winning lately but I'm still pulling for an upset.
Somewhat ironically and perhaps counter-intuitively Muslim immigrants in secular, enlightened countries often end up becoming *more* committed to their barbarism and backwardness than their counterparts in their home countries. In a place like Saudi Arabia, literally everyone is Muslim and the label is not really meaningful. Take a young Saudi man who doesn't think of himself as religious, put him in a strange place where he is othered and perhaps discriminated against for his beliefs and suddenly his religion becomes an important part of his identity. Doesn't always work that way but it sometimes does.
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level 72
May 15, 2019
I'm a bit confused, are you basing that on this quiz?

I don't see anything here which says that Muslims are migrating to France - I only see data for migrants of certain countries of origin, no data on their religious inclinations at all
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level ∞
May 15, 2019
@roleybob. Over 99% of people in Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco are Islamic so it stands to reason that the people who immigrate from those countries to France would be mostly Islamic as well. Also, France is now (updated figures) 8.8% Islamic. This didn't happen by converting the native population.
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level 72
May 16, 2019
I would be cautious about that data - there are reasons that these countries might be ostensibly 99% Muslim, while in reality there may be a large part of the population who are not practicing / don't believe / etc., and just identify as Muslim for other reasons. But I suppose we can only go by the data we have.

So if we go ahead and assume that most of these migrants are Muslim, maybe what I should have been addressing is the seemingly sinister tone of the post - not that there are Muslims migrating to France but that "France is being 'Islamified'". To me, religion - especially Abrahamic flavoured religion - is abhorrent, but I wouldn't assume that anyone who moved near me had sinister motives simply based on the country they came from.

'Germany, Italy, Portugal, Serbia and France *xenophobic remark about a lot of Christians moving to Switzerland*' doesn't seem so acceptable, I'll bet?

Maybe I'm missing the point or have inferred the tone incorrectly
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level 54
May 29, 2019
I'm French. all this talk of birth rates, proportion of Muslims in France, and French culture being threatened etc, is absolutely ridiculous and also kinda sad. just because there are many Muslims in France doesn't mean that they intend to (or can) change the country's politics or culture towards a more "Islamic" orientation, whatever that means. a country changes its immigrants just as much as immigrants change a country. cultures change and evolve as they mix with each other, birth rates evolve, religions evolve. people have children with people from different cultural and religious backgrounds and the children then grow up to find their own cultural/religious identities and practices at the crossroads between the different parts of their heritage. all this fear-mongering talk of France becoming "Islamic" is just racist and ignorant.
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level 71
Jul 9, 2019
So we’re all a-skeered that Muslims will be growing in population in Western countries, and spreading their terrible, awful, extremist views. It’s a good thing we know for CERTAIN that Islam will be exactly the same as it is today, and, in fact, become more radical. It’s just like how Christianity has also stayed exactly set in stone, like back when Baptists like Jimmy Carter were expressing their pro-choice views, or marching for civil rights with Dr. King. Oh but wait! Let’s also not forget the Crusades, the Counter-Reformation, the Inquisition, etc. Seems we haven’t stormed Jerusalem in a few hundred years! Hmm. It’s almost like religious expression changes and evolves over time, and then back again, and then in another direction yet again, due to myriad variables no one can accurately predict or interpret.
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level 60
Sep 25, 2014
Cracking quiz. Surprised by the Serbs going to Switzerland - what's that about? Could have been here all week and not guessed Armenia.
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level 50
Sep 25, 2014
From the UK. Married to an Irish woman. Forgot about Ireland.
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level 38
Sep 25, 2014
I think that you need to add a list of Argentina, because it's one of the countries who cames a lot of inmigrants!
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level 47
Sep 29, 2014
Thanks! I've just made a sequel (which is a bit harder) here and I've included Argentina.
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level 76
Sep 25, 2014
Oh, so everyone is just typing the names of every country. I was over-thinking it, I guess.
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level 76
Sep 25, 2014
I thought my way through every answer until I was down to the last 2 or 3 and started some somewhat random guessing.
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level 49
Sep 27, 2014
I did the opposite. First did semi-random guessing (mostly of high-population countries), then thought through the remaining gaps.
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level 76
Jul 15, 2016
but, that wasn't random. You guessed high population countries. Not random.
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level 76
Sep 26, 2014
Consider all of the below:
1. Proximity. Countries close to each other swap more immigrants.
2. Previous empires, occupations, and spheres of influence. flowing in both directions.
3. Cultural ties. Though this is often the same thing as 1 and/or 2, it can also mean a common religion or common language.
4. Population. Big countries with more people tend to produce more immigrants in other countries. If country A is farther away than country B, but also has 10x more people, the extra distance doesn't matter so much.
5. Economie s. Poor countries with bad job markets usually send workers to more prosperous countries.
6. Ease of immigration. Often affected by 1, 2, and 3. It can also have to do with common economic zones and political relationships.
7. Consider any anecdotal information you have, if you have any anecdotal or personal knowledge of historically large immigrant communities.
Do that and you shouldn't have to guess more than 2 or 3 max..
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level 67
Jul 10, 2015
Well yeah you did make up the method so you would be able to do it.
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level 52
Oct 15, 2016
Also include countries that have civil wars or humanitarian crises (such as Syria) because there are often a lot of refugees from those countries immigrating to other countries.
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level 51
Sep 26, 2014
Great quiz!
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level 40
Sep 29, 2014
got 20
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level 65
Feb 8, 2015
Woo, only had one for Russia until the last ten seconds, when I remembered the Central Asian countries.
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level 37
Mar 14, 2015
easy
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level 60
May 25, 2016
What's the connection between Brazil in Japan?
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level 29
Jul 10, 2016
https://www.quora.com/Why-is-there-so-much-migration-between-Japan-and-Brazil
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level 29
Jul 10, 2016
Taiwan has the greatest number of migrants in China? Do you even know that Chinese people went to colonize Taiwan? I mean, Taiwanese people ARE Chinese people (except the aboriginals, but well I don't think they have great numbers), how can it be that they are migrants in China? I don't think this even makes sense. Technically, Taiwan is not even a different state. It is controversial, but I wouldn't include it in a quiz like this.
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level 76
Jul 15, 2016
Technically, it is a different state. Though the People's Republic of China claims Taiwan, and the Republic of China claims China, both governments fail to exert any control over the territory of the other.
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level 62
Oct 30, 2016
If we take them as different countries, their ethnicity is irrelevant. They're still people moving from one country to another.
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level 44
Jan 6, 2017
Didnt get many!
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level 53
Jan 23, 2017
Kazakhstan for Germany? What??
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level 59
Jan 25, 2017
Germans used to be very widespread, far beyond the borders of the current German-speaking areas, for various historical reasons. Even now there's a meaningful minority of them in Kazakhstan after some Soviet relocations put them there in the 40s.
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level 68
May 16, 2019
Most of the people leaving Kazakhstan are ethnic Russians, Jews, etc., not Kazakhs. They and their ancestors came there in Soviet times, and are moving to whatever strong economy will give them the best prospects in life. An emigration quiz (where people are going from countries with major out-migration) would be interesting, but would probably show this.
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level 44
Jun 15, 2019
As a German myself I wondered as well. I've never seen anyone from Kazakhstan where I live (near Stuttgart). I knew one guy in School who came from Kyrgyzstan but no Kazakhs^^Instead there are Italians, Greeks and Croats everywhere so I was really surprised to not see them on this list. So I only got the obvious ones like Turks, Poles and Syrians. Russia surprised me as well not because of Russians living here but rather that there seem to be more Russians than Italians but I guess it makes sense because of things that happened in the past.
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level 44
Jun 15, 2019
Ok after looking this up a bit more I think the creator of this quiz made some mistakes here. Wikipedia says the five biggest immigration groups in Germany are Turks, Poles, Italians, Romanians and Greeks and I think that sounds more like the Germany I know from living in it. Oh and the source linked by Wikipedia are official statistics by the German Government so yeah Kazakhs are not even in the Top 20 as I suspected and there are no Russians or Syrians in the Top 5 as well. Croats come at 6, Russians at 7 and Syrians are only at 17 despite the refugee crisis.
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level 38
Jan 23, 2017
Last blank, was on the "i" of ukraine, when I ran out of time:/
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level 48
Jan 23, 2017
A bit ashamed to forget Syria. Mainly because of what's been going on recently.
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level 27
Jan 23, 2017
OK, that was harder than expected!
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level 57
Nov 29, 2017
How aren't Nigeria on the list for the UK?
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level 22
Apr 12, 2018
could not get germans for uk gutted
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level 38
Aug 22, 2018
Why would a Brazilian want to migrate to China? And there are more Germans in South America than you would think (Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay, Argentina, Bolivia (and possibly Peru).
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level ∞
Mar 11, 2019
China has very little immigration so small numbers can move the needle a lot. My guess is that this comes from ethnically Chinese people born in Brazil moving to China. China generally does not allow immigration except to ethnically Chinese people.
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level ∞
Mar 11, 2019
p.s. All this data comes from the UN with two exceptions. 1) Taiwanese immigration to China. According to the UN, Taiwan doesn't exist. 2) Syrian immigration to Germany.
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level 52
May 15, 2019
I feel stupid... I got Azerbaijan but not Russia.
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level 58
May 15, 2019
Interesting that South Korea is #1 for immigrants to China. South Korea is one of the most developed nations in the world, let alone Asia. I wonder if it's just an overcrowding issue? Why would someone want to move TO a communist country?
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level 20
May 15, 2019
Forgot Italy... for some reason i only think of Italian immigration in the 20th century... also i wonder if Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras were one country, would they be on the list for USA...
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level 44
May 15, 2019
Got everything except for one from my own country.
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level 61
May 16, 2019
Got nearly all except for my own country. I was racking my brains, what other major country would immigrate to Australia?? Oh. New Zealand. My own sister-in-law for example.
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level 34
May 15, 2019
I feel good for getting Azerbaijan.
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level 56
Jul 16, 2019
Very good quiz. I got 23/35