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Migration and Remittances Factbook 2008

2008-02, 256 с. (6x9)
ISBN: 978-0-8213-7413-9

The Migration and Remittances Factbook 2008 attempts to present the numbers and facts behind the stories of International migration and remittances, drawing on authoritative, publicly available data. It provides a snapshot of statistics on immigration, emigration, skilled emigration, and remittance flows for 194 countries, and 13 regional and income groups. Some interesting facts from the Factbook:

  • Nearly 200 million people, or 3 percent of the world population, live outside their countries of birth. Current migration flows, relative to population, are weaker than those of the last decades of the nineteenth century.
  • The volume of South-South migration is almost as large as that of Sount-North migration
  • International migration is dominated by voluntary migration, which is driven by economic factors. In 2005, refugees numbered only 13.5 million, or just 7 percent of international migrants. The share of refugees in the population of low-inclome countries was more than five times larger than the share in high-income OECD countries.
  • Worldwide remittance flows are estimated to have exceeded $318 billion in 2007, of whichdeveloping countries received $240 billion. The true size, including unrecorded flows through the formal and informal channels, is belived to be significantly larger.