January 24, 2020 | 5:56 PM IST

Study: NA, Europe has world’s 272 m migrants; every 4th person in US is Indian

North America and Europe bear the largest share of world’s 272 million migrants and compared to a decade back statistics there has been a rise by 23%, says a UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs report that was published on Tuesday.  Since 2010, the two continents saw a rise of over 51 million migrants and the count continues.

While Europe has around 82 million migrants, there are around 59 million in North America as per 2019 statistics. These nations are followed by North Africa and Western Asia with 49 million migrants each. The reports added that the migrants account for 3.5 per cent of the world’s population today compared with 2.8 per cent in the year 2000.

Liu Zhenmin, UN under-secretary-general for Economic and Social Affairs said, “These data are critical for understanding the important role of migrants and migration in the development of both countries of origin and destination.”

Similarly, a report compiled by the Department of Homeland Security stated that every fourth non-resident foreign national in the US in 2016 was an Indian and that about 60 per cent of the resident non-immigrants were citizens of Asian countries, with those from China accounting for 15 per cent. About 2.3 million non-immigrant residents of these constituted workers, students, exchange visitors and diplomats and other representatives. 

"Seventy-five percent of Indian nationals were admitted as temporary workers, making up about 40 per cent of the temporary worker total, whereas about 75 per cent of Chinese nationals were admitted as students, comprising 30 per cent of the student total. China also accounted for 15 per cent of the exchange visitor total, compared to India's four percent," the report said.

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