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Celebrating the International Migrants' Day with a new Atlas of Migration

The Atlas now as global coverage.
The Atlas now as global coverage.
Dec 18 2019

Celebrating the International Migrants’ Day with a new Atlas of Migration

This International Migrants’ Day, the Knowledge Centre on Migration and Demography launches an online, interactive atlas with the latest migration data for 198 countries and territories worldwide.

There is a lot of data out there about migration and demography, but it is often widely dispersed and quite complex.

This means that citizens who want to understand the facts behind migration can have a hard time knowing where to look.

It can also make it difficult for policymakers to inform migration policies with the best evidence.

The Atlas of Migration is an online guide through these complexities.

Open to the public, the interactive platform allows users to create and download profiles for the countries or territories they are interested in.

Because the data is updated every 24 hours, users can be confident that they are accessing the most up-to-date information available.

The information is made available by bringing together harmonised, validated data from 12 international sources.

The Atlas provides information on 60 different indicators related to migration, asylum, integration, demography, and development.

Understanding migration

On top of migration and demography indicators, for all EU Member States the Atlas provides information on:

  • residence permits;
  • visas (only for the Schengen area of free movement);
  • naturalisation;
  • integration;
  • asylum applications and outcomes.

Since 2015, the number of asylum applications in EU has more than halved. Over the same period, the overall number of first residence permits issued during the year has grown of 23%.
Since 2015, the number of asylum applications in EU has more than halved. Over the same period, the overall number of first residence permits issued during the year has grown of 23%.

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For 170 non-EU countries and territories, the Atlas also includes indicators on:

  • remittances and financial assistance;
  • drivers and implications of migration such as human and economic development, poverty levels and urbanisation;
  • naturalisation in the EU;
  • which international legal frameworks the country or territory has adopted such as the UN Geneva Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees;
  • asylum applications and outcomes in the EU.

Development indicators.
Development indicators.

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Users can also access and make sense of migration trends, such as how the global migrant population has grown over the years from an estimated 173.6 million in 2000 to 271.6 million in 2019.

Users can then focus in on the trends in particular countries and territories of interest.

Estimates on world migrant population from 2000 – 2019. For each year, the left column represents the immigrants (from EU Member States or from non-EU countries) and the right column the emigrants (to EU Member States or to non-EU countries).
Estimates on world migrant population from 2000 – 2019. For each year, the left column represents the immigrants (from EU Member States or from non-EU countries) and the right column the emigrants (to EU Member States or to non-EU countries).

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The Atlas shows how the composition of a Member State’s population has changed in terms of citizens living in their own country (Nationals), EU citizens from other Member States (EU Mobile) and persons from non-EU countries and territories (Non-EU).

The EU population increased from 511 million in January 2017 to 512 million in January 2018.

In the same period the percentages of both EU mobile citizens and non-EU citizens have increased by 0.1 points.

Data for each individual Member State and different years can be seen on the online platform.

Data on Nationals, EU mobile citizens and non-EU citizens as a proportion of EU population, for 2017 and 2018
Data on Nationals, EU mobile citizens and non-EU citizens as a proportion of EU population, for 2017 and 2018

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Data on Nationals, EU mobile citizens and non-EU citizens as a proportion of EU population, for 2017 and 2018

For information, contact us at kcmd@ec.europa.eu