World Migration Report 2000

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International migration has become a global phenomenon involving a wide range of sending, destination, and transit countries and a diverse group of migrants. This report, produced by the United Nations and the International Organization for Migration, provides an authoritative account of contemporary trends, issues, and problems in the field of international migration. It examines the scale of migration and characteristics of international migrants, the types of movements, the contributing factors and policy issues. It also presents regional country profiles examining such issues as: trends in immigration and emigration; the integration of migrants; the consequences of irregular migration; and the extent of interregional cooperation between states.



An era of international migration

More than 150 million international migrants celebrated the turn of the millennium outside their countries of birth. They came to their new countries to work, study, join family members, or escape persecution or violence in their home countries. Most are legal residents of their new countries, but a sizeable minority are without authorization. They do not include the additional millions of tourists who visit foreign countries but return home in a few days, weeks or—at most—months.


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