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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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Last updated: December 17, 2019
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First submittedAugust 19, 2015
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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 75
Aug 19, 2015
Fascinating!
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Level 75
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 88
Sep 17, 2015
Compare to the loss for Sudan, and you have your answer.
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Level 75
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 43
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 52
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 82
Sep 28, 2015
Can't believe I missed Mexico... only one I missed.
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Level 75
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 82
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 82
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 37
May 18, 2021
Labourers from south asia especially pakistan.
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Level 82
Jan 13, 2017
Got them all this time. Picked up South Sudan with 7 seconds left.
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Level 84
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 18
Jul 22, 2017
Would be nice to have some more Mexicans here....
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Level 85
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 82
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 82
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 26
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 60
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 82
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 29
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 59
Nov 26, 2020
Not all immigrants from Mexico are illegal, yes there are many who flee to America without actually waiting for asylum and stuff, but you underestimate how many are actually coming in legally. For instance, my aunt was being naturalized as an American citizen, more than half the people in that auditorium (other than the family of the immigrants) stood up when Mexico was called. that was only one group (of like 3000 people), but multiple happen in a day.
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Level 33
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 25
Jan 13, 2017
Really? Wow!
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Level 51
Jan 13, 2017
Can't believe I missed Libya, I tried all the countries around it (except Tunisia)
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Level 85
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 67
Jan 13, 2017
Almost got them all. Didn't expect the Philippines.
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Level 82
Jan 13, 2017
That was the first one I guessed. The Filipino Diaspora is huge.
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Level 30
Jan 13, 2017
Incredibly interesting
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Level 22
Jan 21, 2017
No Jordan, It has 3 million Syrian refugees there
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Level 59
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.
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Level 69
Oct 16, 2021
I unexpectedly beat this on my first try.
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Level 56
Sep 12, 2022
whats happening in nepal?? im surprised its up there with afghanistan and sri lanka
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Level 70
Jul 11, 2023
A population of 30 million people and also a very poor economic outlook (25% of GDP comes from remittances).
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Level 63
Sep 15, 2023
My family emigrated because it kinda sucks there. Poor economy, poor infrastructure, lots of corruption. The U.S. is just an easier place to live in I guess.
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Level 74
Dec 31, 2023
Since we're about 5 years out of the 5 year period used for this quiz, maybe it could use an update?