East Asia and Pacific Compared by People > International migrant stock, total

DEFINITION: International migrant stock, total. International migrant stock is the number of people born in a country other than that in which they live. It also includes refugees. The data used to estimate the international migrant stock at a particular time are obtained mainly from population censuses. The estimates are derived from the data on foreign-born population--people who have residence in one country but were born in another country. When data on the foreign-born population are not available, data on foreign population--that is, people who are citizens of a country other than the country in which they reside--are used as estimates. After the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991 people living in one of the newly independent countries who were born in another were classified as international migrants. Estimates of migrant stock in the newly independent states from 1990 on are based on the 1989 census of the Soviet Union. For countries with information on the international migrant stock for at least two points in time, interpolation or extrapolation was used to estimate the international migrant stock on July 1 of the reference years. For countries with only one observation, estimates for the reference years were derived using rates of change in the migrant stock in the years preceding or following the single observation available. A model was used to estimate migrants for countries that had no data.


1 Australia 4.71 million 2010
2 Malaysia 2.36 million 2010
3 Japan 2.18 million 2010
4 Singapore 1.97 million 2010
5 Thailand 1.16 million 2010
6 New Zealand 962,072 2010
7 China 685,775 2010
8 South Korea 534,817 2010
9 Philippines 435,423 2010
10 Cambodia 335,829 2010
11 Brunei 148,123 2010
12 Indonesia 122,908 2010
13 Burma 88,695 2010
14 Vietnam 69,307 2010
15 North Korea 37,121 2010
16 Papua New Guinea 24,546 2010
17 Laos 18,916 2010
18 Fiji 18,533 2010
19 East Timor 13,836 2010
20 Mongolia 10,022 2010
21 Samoa 8,976 2010
22 Solomon Islands 6,971 2010
23 Palau 5,776 2010
24 Federated States of Micronesia 2,668 2010
25 Kiribati 1,978 2010
26 Marshall Islands 1,709 2010
27 Tonga 848 2010
28 Vanuatu 814 2010
29 Tuvalu 151 2010


East Asia and Pacific Compared by People > International migrant stock, total


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