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International Migrants Day

18/12/2012

Migration is a part of our past, present and future. It is a defining component of the societies in which we already live and can help us grow stronger – economically, culturally and morally. It is up to us to determine how we see and deal with this reality.

For more information:

  • MEMO12/1003: Statement by Commissioner Cecilia Malmström on International Migrants Day
  • Some figures about the EU's migratory situation in the global context: In 2011, a year in which the world's population surpassed seven billion, there were 20.2 million third country nationals living in the EU. That is around 4% of the total EU population (502.5 million) and 9.4% of the estimated 214 million migrants worldwide. By comparison, Canada has around 3.4% of the world's total (7.2 million representing 21.3% of its national population), whilst the USA has around 20% of the world's total (42.8 million representing 13.5% of its national population) - see Commission's 'Third Annual Report on Immigration and Asylum '.

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