Former Spanish colonies 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 Argentina 1.45 million 2010
2 Venezuela 1.01 million 2010
3 Mexico 725,684 2010
4 Costa Rica 489,201 2010
5 Philippines 435,423 2010
6 Dominican Republic 434,343 2010
7 Ecuador 393,641 2010
8 Chile 320,397 2010
9 Paraguay 161,306 2010
10 Bolivia 145,817 2010
11 Panama 121,003 2010
12 Colombia 110,297 2010
13 Uruguay 79,896 2010
14 Guatemala 59,457 2010
15 El Salvador 40,324 2010
16 Nicaragua 40,130 2010
17 Peru 37,625 2010
18 Honduras 24,344 2010
19 Cuba 15,259 2010
20 Equatorial Guinea 7,447 2010


Former Spanish colonies Compared by People > International migrant stock, total


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