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COVID-19: UN Says World Migration Slowed Down

COVID-19: UN Says World Migration Slowed Down

COVID-19 pandemic may have reduced the fortunes coming into Nigeria from aboard as the disease slowed down immigration last year.

A new United Nations (UN) reports on Friday stated that global migration has slowed down by nearly 30 percent due to COVID-19 pandemic across the globe.

The organization said about 281 million people were living outside their country of origin in 2020, with about two million fewer people than predicted migrating between 2019 and 2020.

Nigeria is among the top countries receiving remittance from migrants. Since 2009 they have roved from US$2.3 billion in 2004 to 17.9 billion in 2007 with new record of $35 billion, this is according to the International Organization for Migration.

The report, entitled “International Migration 2020,” showed that two-thirds of registered migrants in the world lived in just 20 countries, with the United States at the top of the list, with 51 million international migrants in 2020.

India topped the list of countries with the largest diasporas in 2020, with 18 million Indians living outside their country of birth. Meanwhile, Germany with 16 million, Saudi Arabia with 13 million, Russia with 12 million and Britain with nine million.

Other countries with a large transnational community include Mexico and Russia, each with 11 million, China with 10 million and Syria with eight million.

In 2020, the largest number of international migrants resided in Europe, with a total of 87 million.

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Nearly half of international migrants resided in the region they came from, with Europe accounting for the largest share of intra-regional migration. Seventy per cent of migrants born in Europe live in another European country.

Refugees account for some 12 per cent of all international migrants, the report said, with around 80 per cent hosted in low- and middle-income countries.

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