Immigrants Account For 88% Of The UAE's Population
The United Nations Population Division defines an international migrant as someone who has been living in a country other than the one in which he or she was born for one year or longer. Keeping that in mind, which countries and territories currently have the highest share of migrants today?
The most recent data is from 2017 and it was published by the Pew Research Center. It shows that the three countries with the highest share of migrants are all in the Middle East. An estimated 88 percent of the UAE's population was foreign-born in 2017, along with 75 percent in Kuwait and 65 percent in Qatar. All three countries rely heavily on migrant workers and many of them are of Asian origin, particularly from India and the Philippines.
This chart shows the estimated percentage of the population that was foreign-born in 2017.
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