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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
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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
52 Comments
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Level 95
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 87
Aug 8, 2018
While we're at it, the plural of "quiz" is "quizzes"! :)
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Level 62
Jun 21, 2022
Pretty rude and unnecessary of you to assume the commenter purposely misspelled quizzes. They got their point across, typos happen, and you clearly understood what they were saying. (Just while we're at it :) )
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Level 59
Oct 26, 2023
Pretty rude and unnecessary of you to assume the commenter thought the first commenter did it on purpose, or to call it rude or unneeded when fixing a grammatical mistake. Wiether it needed to be brought to attention is a different matter. Just while we're at it!
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Level 87
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 74
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 84
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 72
Feb 28, 2021
"in deplorable conditions" Well, nobody forced them there.
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Level 45
Mar 1, 2021
Nothing forced them exempt their life situation. But i guess suicide is also an option.
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Level 74
May 26, 2023
It's an insult to the people who continue live in countries with high levels of emigration to suggest the false dilemma that the only choices in their country are suicide or leaving. Some people actually try to improve their own situation rather than eternally running away from problems they themselves were likely complicit in creating.
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Level 79
Aug 15, 2023
It seems a far greater insult to those people to generally insinuate that they "were likely complicit in creating" the difficulties of their situation and that somehow leaving is "eternally running away from problems." Try and veil your condescension a little more next time, it makes it more interesting.
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Level 73
Feb 7, 2024
I for one think it's perfectly reasonable to blame some random subsistence farmer for the war crimes of an autocrat.

(My sarcasm and Hapsburg's horrible comment aside, I do agree that presenting "leave" and "suicide" as the only options could be seen as an insult to those who choose to stay and fight. But I also don't blame anyone for leaving in dire circumstances.)

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Level 45
Mar 1, 2021
I love this comment, how can someone not understand asylum that badly??
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Level 70
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 83
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 83
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 71
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 44
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 52
Sep 13, 2018
Wow - I only got the last one! I wasn't thinking small as was needed!
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Level 38
Sep 14, 2018
im pretty sure usa sould be #1
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Level 61
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 61
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 79
Jan 24, 2021
*swish*
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Level 82
Oct 10, 2021
nothing but net
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Level 66
Dec 4, 2023
It's really not a surprise, expatriates.
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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 63
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 73
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 67
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 75
Jan 16, 2021
Are you saying that we came from outer space?
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Level 78
Jan 14, 2021
Wow, got them all with 0:26 remaining
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Level 71
Feb 28, 2021
Why Micronesia, Palau, and Antigua?
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Level 60
Feb 28, 2021
Am I the only one who tried San Marino more than 10 times
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Level 67
Feb 28, 2021
Is really nobody born in the Vatican?
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Level 82
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 57
Nov 2, 2021
Or so they say..
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Level 65
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 74
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 57
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 66
Mar 5, 2021
yes, he is. He was not born there, he didn't grow up in Vatican
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Level 37
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.

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Level 73
Dec 15, 2022
What I really want for these quizzes is someone to give birth to a baby boy right in the center of St Peters Basilica and raise him to be a cardinal so that the answer to the Vatican is like "99.6% are foreign born- everyone except ol' Girolamo"
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Level 69
Jan 16, 2023
Andorra and Oman surprised while I found the island nations included to be rather arbitrary.
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Level 38
Oct 27, 2023
Correction: only 2.5% of people in the Federated States of Micronesia were born overseas (according to the Wikipedia article). When it says "Micronesia" in bold on Wikipedia it's referring to the 21.7% of people in the Micronesian region who were born overseas. Micronesia as a region includes many island countries and territories in the Pacific Ocean, while the Federated States of Micronesia is an island country with four states (Chuuk, Kosrae, Pohnpei and Yap).

Other than that good quiz!

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Level 66
Dec 4, 2023
Micronesia should not be here.
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Level 70
Apr 4, 2024
Why?