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International Migration Report 2015

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This report presents information on levels and trends in international migration for major areas, regions and countries of the world, and on the ratification status of migration-related legal instruments. The data for the international migrant stock described in chapter I are taken from the publication Trends in International Migrant Stock: The 2015 Revision, while the estimates on the total population in chapter I are based on World Population Prospects: The 2015 Revision, DVD Edition. The estimates on net migration and the projected population up to 2050 presented in chapter II are based on World Population Prospects: The 2015 Revision, DVD Edition. Chapter III provides an analysis of the status of ratification (by Member States) of the migration-related legal instruments of the United Nations and the International Labour Organization (ILO), based on information from the United Nations Treaty Section (http://treaties.un.org) and the NORMLEX Information System on International Labour Standards (http://www.ilo.org).

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Levels and trends in international migration

Globally, there were 244 million international migrants in 2015. Of these, nearly 58 per cent lived in the developed regions, while the developing regions hosted 42 per cent of the world’s total. Of the 140 million international migrants living in the global North in 015, 85 million, or 61 per cent, originated from a developing country, while 55 million, or 39 per cent, were born in the North. Meanwhile, 90 million, or 87 per cent, of the 103 million international migrants residing in the global South in 2015 originated from other parts of the developing world, while 13 million, or 13 per cent, were born in the North.

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