World Population Policies 2015

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This report provides a comprehensive overview of key aspects of population policies and dynamics for 197 countries since the mid-1970s. Updated biennially, it documents changes in key aspects of Government views and policies related to population size and growth, population age structure, fertility, reproductive health and family planning, health and mortality, spatial distribution and internal migration, and international migration. The report also includes two-page country profiles, with the first page containing information on changes in the Government views and policies and the second page containing data on selected population indicators corresponding to 1985, 1995, 2005, 2013 and 2015, the most recent revision year.



Policies on international migration

International migration has grown in complexity, scope and impact, affecting Governments all over the world. The number of international migrants – persons living in a country other than where they were born – has continued to grow rapidly over the past two decades reaching 258 million in 2017, up from 222 million in 2010 and 173 million in 2000. With appropriate policies, migration can contribute to inclusive and sustainable economic growth and development. Indeed, the available evidence suggests that the overall impact of international migration is overwhelmingly positive for countries of origin, countries of destination and migrants and their families.


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