According to a recent report from the UN, the number of international migrants rose to 244 million worldwide this year, an increase of 41 percent compared to 2000.
It added that the United States houses the most number of world’s migrants, with 20 percent of them staying there. The world’s largest economy is followed by Germany, Saudi Arabia and Russia, which together house 14 percent of the global immigrants.
Meanwhile, 30 percent of Switzerland’s population is foreign-born. It, thus, has one of the highest percentages of migrant workers in the European continent.
The Gulf nations, however, have the most number of migrants. They have remained quite steady in these countries for the past two decades.
Swissinfo.ch cites UN statistics to say that Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Oman have the highest percentage of migrants compared to their total population. The International Organization for Migration (IOM), in one of its reports, said that people in the Gulf countries, on the whole, hold a favourable view on immigration.
Although there are thirty nations having a higher proportion of immigrants than Switzerland, most of them are city-states such as Singapore, Luxembourg, Monaco, among others.
In fact, 2015 saw more people migrating between developing nations than to developed nations from emerging economies.
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