European Union 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 Germany 10.76 million 2010
2 France 6.68 million 2010
3 United Kingdom 6.45 million 2010
4 Spain 6.38 million 2010
5 Italy 4.46 million 2010
6 Netherlands 1.75 million 2010
7 Austria 1.31 million 2010
8 Sweden 1.31 million 2010
9 Greece 1.13 million 2010
10 Belgium 974,849 2010
11 Portugal 918,626 2010
12 Ireland 898,630 2010
13 Poland 827,453 2010
14 Croatia 699,947 2010
15 Denmark 483,714 2010
16 Czech Republic 453,041 2010
17 Hungary 368,076 2010
18 Latvia 335,022 2010
19 Finland 225,646 2010
20 Estonia 182,464 2010
21 Luxembourg 173,232 2010
22 Slovenia 163,894 2010
23 Cyprus 154,253 2010
24 Romania 132,757 2010
25 Slovakia 130,682 2010
26 Lithuania 128,855 2010
27 Bulgaria 107,245 2010
28 Malta 15,456 2010


European Union Compared by People > International migrant stock, total


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