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World migration down 30pc due to pandemic: UN

World migration down 30pc due to pandemic: UN

UNITED NATIONS, Jan 16, 2021: The coronavirus pandemic, which has upset all set orders, has slowed global migration by nearly 30 percent, with around two million fewer migrants between 2019 and 2020. The disclosure came in a UN report released Friday, as mobility on the foreign front still remained largely stalled. Some 281 million people were living outside their country of origin in 2020. The report, entitled “International Migration 2020,” showed that two-thirds of registered migrants lived in just 20 countries, with the United States at the top of the list, with 51 million international migrants in 2020. Next came Germany with 16 million, Saudi Arabia with 13 million, Russia with 12 million and Britain with nine million. India topped the list of countries with the largest diasporas in 2020, with 18 million Indians living outside their country of birth. Other countries with a large transnational community include Mexico and Russia, each with 11 million, China with 10 million and Syria with eight million. In 2020, the largest number of international migrants resided in Europe, with a total of 87 million. Nearly half of international migrants resided in the region they came from, with Europe accounting for the largest share of intra-regional migration. Seventy percent of migrants born in Europe live in another European country. Banglsdesh had a migrant population of over 10 million but many returned home losing jobs during the raging pandemic and fresh immigration was still facing a slowdown or a standstill, reports say.

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