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Eight countries that have biggest share of immigrants

September 30, 2013 11:32 IST

Eight countries that have biggest share of immigrants

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There are some countries that attract large numbers of foreigners due to their high standard of living, excellent infrastructure and employment opportunities.

Let's take a look at nations that have sizeable share of immigrant population.

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United States of America

Immigrants: 45.8 million

Percentage of population: 14.3 per cent

GDP (PPP) per capita 2012: $49,922

Government's immigration goals: Maintain

Overall rank in share: 1

The United States has been attracting immigrants for centuries primarily due to endless opportunities the country offers.

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Russia

Immigrants: 11.0 million

Percentage of population: 7.7 per cent

GDP (PPP) per capita 2012: $17,709

Government's immigration goals: Increase

Overall rank in share: 2

Russia, which has one of the biggest oil and gas reserves in the world, is attracting immigrants from all over the globe, especially from neighbouring nations.

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Germany

Immigrants: 9.8 million

Percentage of population: 11.9 per cent

GDP (PPP) per capita 2012: $39,028

Government's immigration goals: Maintain

Overall rank in share: 3

Germany, one of the biggest manufacturing centres in the world, is attracting immigrants due to its booming economy.

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Saudi Arabia

Immigrants: 9.1 million

Percentage of population: 31.4 per cent

GDP (PPP) per capita 2012: $31,275

Government's immigration goals: Decrease

Overall rank in share: 4

Saudi Arabia, which has one of the biggest reserves of oil and gas in the world, attracts immigrants due to employment opportunities.

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United Arab Emirates

Immigrants: 7.8 million

Percentage of population: 83.7 per cent

GDP (PPP) per capita 2012: $49,012

Government's immigration goals: Decrease

Overall rank in share: 5

United Arab Emirates attracts large number of immigrants due to employment opportunities, excellent infrastructure and high standard of living.

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United Kingdom

Immigrants: 7.8 million

Percentage of population: 12.4 per cent

GDP (PPP) per capita 2012: $36,941

Government's immigration goals: Decrease

Overall rank in share: 6

United Kingdom, one of the biggest financial centres in the world, has large number of immigrants from Commonwealth countries.

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France

Immigrants: 7.4 million

Percentage of population: 11.6 per cent

GDP (PPP) per capita 2012: $35,548

Government's immigration goals: Decrease

Overall rank in share: 7

France, one of the richest economies in the world, has large number of immigrants from African nations.

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Canada

Immigrants: 7.3 million

Percentage of population: 20.7 per cent

GDP (PPP) per capita 2012: $42,734

Government's immigration goals: Maintain

Overall rank in share: 8

Canada, one of the wealthiest nations, attracts large number of immigrants thanks to high standard of living, low crime rate and natural beauty.


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