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Eight countries that have biggest share of immigrants

September 30, 2013 11:32 IST
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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.

Source: 24/7 Wall St

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Eight countries that have biggest share of immigrants

September 30, 2013 11:32 IST
A view of Times Square in New York City.

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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Eight countries that have biggest share of immigrants

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A couple walk with a cat in Kolomenskoye Park in Moscow, Russia.

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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A view of the main railway station Hauptbahnhof in Berlin, Germany.

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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Kingdom Tower in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

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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Visitors ski and ride in chairlifts in mountain-themed ski park at Emirates Mall in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

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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A view from the London Eye shows the Houses of Parliament in central London, United Kingdom.

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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An aerial view shows the Notre-Dame Cathedral on the Ile de la Cite and the Seine River in Paris, France.

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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A view of Eaton Centre in Toronto, Canada.

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.