No. of migrants up by 49% since 2000: UN report

  • By TOI
  • | Saturday | 13th January, 2018

The total number of international migrants has grown by 49% since 2000, at a time when the global population has grown 23%. As a result, migrants have gone from 2.8% to 3.4% of the world's population. This was revealed by the UN report 'Making Migration Work for All' released on Thursday.The report expressed concern over xenophobic political narratives about migration, adding that irregular migration has become a more acute problem due to large movements of people in different parts of the world. There are an estimated 258 million international migrants according to the report, which states that it is probable that demographic trends, coupled with forces such as the impacts of climate change, will contribute to a further increase in migration in the future. "In 2017, an estimated $596 billion was transferred in remittances globally, with $450 billion going to developing countries.

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