Migration has been an important source of economic development and poverty reduction. Explore data on global migration.

Hundreds of millions of people live in a country that is different from the one in which they were born. In some countries, the majority of the population are immigrants.

Migration has played a crucial role in economic development, education and mobility. The transfer of money from migrants working overseas to family or friends in their home country – remittances – can be an important source of income in many countries.

On this page you can find all our data and visualizations relating to migration.

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    author = {Esteban Ortiz-Ospina and Max Roser and Hannah Ritchie and Fiona Spooner and Marcel Gerber},
    title = {Migration},
    journal = {Our World in Data},
    year = {2022},
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