Map of the day: Most popular migrant destinations

Map by reddit user DMan9797

[…] You can learn about the data from the UN’s explanatory notes. For similar dataset you can also look at the World Bank Global Bilateral Migration Database.

  • […] the UK is not the most popular destination for any Eastern European country except Lithuania.
  • The top destination for Brits is Australia, and the UK is the most attractive country for Australians.
  • While it’s no surprise that the US is the top destination for Mexicans, Mexico also happens to be the top destination for Americans.
  • Germany is the most popular destination for most Eastern and Southern Europeans.
    Russia and Ukraine are each other’s favourite destination country.
  • North Korea’s most popular destination is listed as Kazakhstan, however this is in fact an error. The actual destination should China.
  • The most popular destination for Iranians is the United States, which is likely due to the large number who left following the 1979 Iranian Revolution.
  • Libyans moving to Bangladesh are the result of migrant workers being displacedby the ongoing civil unrest.
  • Sweden is the heart of the Nordic world since it’s the most popular destination for Norwegians, Danes and Finns. However, Swedes would rather go to the US than any other fellow Nordic nation.
  • France’s former colonial empire is on show along with some countries a little closer to home.
  • Similarly, former Soviet countries also seem to favour Russia as a destination.
  • Yet surprisingly, people from many former British colonies and dominions such as India, Pakistan, Canada, New Zealand, Hong Kong, etc. have other prefered destinations over the UK.
  • South Africa is the overwhelming choice for those living in the southern part of Africa.
  • Saudi Arabia is the top choice for most of the Middle East, yet Saudis would rather go to the United States.
  • Argentina dominates the southern portion of South America, but Argentines prefer Spain over other closer destinations.
  • Finally, due to it’s size, wealth and relative openness to outsiders, the United States is the top choice from a huge range of countries from Brazil to Canada to Japan to Venezuela and many others. Interestingly, despite its recent economic boom, the same can’t be said about China.



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