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5 Facts About the U.S. Rank in Worldwide Migration

Global migration is no small-scale issue. If all of the world's international migrants lived in a single country, it would be the world's fifth largest, with around 244 million people.

Here are five facts about how the U.S. compares with the rest of the world's countries on migration:

1 By a wide margin, the U.S. has more immigrants than any other country in the world. As of 2015, the United Nations estimates that 46.6 million people living in the United States were not born there. This means that about one-in-five international migrants (19%) live in the U.S.

2The U.S.-Mexico migration corridor is the world's largest.  About 12 million people living in the U.S. were born in Mexico, according to UN estimates as of 2015. However, the migration trends between the U.S. and Mexico are changing. Recent estimates from the Pew Research Center indicate that more Mexicans are now leaving than coming to the U.S. 

3Compared with other countries receiving immigrants, the share of the U.S. population that is foreign born is modest. About one-in-seven people living in the United States (14%) were born in other countries, a near-historic record.

4The U.S. immigrant population is not as diverse in origin as those of other countries. Even though the U.S. has immigrants from nearly every country of the world, it doesn't have the most diverse pool of immigrants. Roughly one-in-four (26%) immigrants in the U.S. come from just one country, Mexico. In several other destination countries (mainly in Europe), immigrants are not as concentrated from a single country or handful of them.

5The U.S. has a lower number of emigrants - those who have left - than 19 other countries, including many with much smaller populations.  As a share of the population in 2015, around 1% of Americans born in the United States lived outside of the United States. This is a considerably smaller share than that of other migrant destinations like the UK (8%), Germany (5%) or Canada (4%).



(Information and Data were taken from the Pew Research Center website)

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