Countries That Accept the Most Migrants
Immigration has roiled politics in countries around the world, as people flee violence, persecution and poverty to seek a better life. European Union officials are debating future policies because of the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan that has already produced a new wave of Afghans leaving the country. Mexico’s president is urging U.S. officials to invest in Central American nations as a way to slow the migration to the U.S. border.
While there is no universally accepted definition for migrant, the U.N. defines a migrant as being a person who lacks citizenship in her or his host country. Migration flows stabilized in 2018 and 2019, and then decreased dramatically in 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the most recent OECD report.
Here is a look at the 10 OECD member countries that accepted the most migrants – which includes foreign nationals moving to the country as well as those already there on a permanent basis. The most recent data for all OECD member countries is from 2018. Also listed is the number of people who filed applications seeking asylum in those countries.
Updated on Aug. 24, 2021 from its last publication date on Dec. 18, 2019