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G8 Migration: Intro

Examines the complexity of migration by analysing causes and effects, impact on place of origin and destination

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International Organisation for Migration


Find definitions for the following key terms: 


Asylum Seeker

Brain Drain

Circular Migration

Chain Migration

Country of Origin



Forced Migration

Gateway City


Internal Migration



Migration Stream

Push Factor

Pull Factor

Qualitative Data


Seasonal Migration

International Migration

You can use the above terms while searching in the databases that UWCSEA has access to:

Created by Nadine Bailey

This guide was created by Nadine Bailey between November 2013 and June 2015.

Please report any problems or missing links to for changes and updates.

Migration videographics

Facts and Discoveries

  • Did you know that 1 out of every 33 persons in the world moves from their country of birth to another country to live? (Infographic) Today, there are about 232 million migrants in the world. This is around 40X the number of people living in Singapore!
  • The number of migrants in the world has doubled since World War Two.  If they lived in the same place, international migrants would form the 5th most populous country in the world
  • More people move from one city to another as compared to moving from one country to another. For every person who moves from one country to another, there are four people moving from one city to another in the same country! This is called internal migration.
  • Animals migrate too. The migrate for many different reason. Some migrate to find better sources of food, water or shelter. Other migrate when the weather turns cold.
  • In 2013, about half of international migrants lived in these ten countries: ​USA (45.8 million), Russian Federation (11 million), Germany (9.8 million), Saudi Arabia (9.1 million), United Arab Emirates (7.8 million), United Kingdom (7.8 million), France (7.4 million), Canada (7.3 million), Australia (6.5 million), and Spain (6.5 million). Source: UN, Dept. of Economics and Social Affairs
  • A recent continent-wide household survey revealed that, in 2010, an estimated 30 million Africans living abroad sent over USD 40 billion back home, representing 2.6 per cent of Africa’s GDP and four times the total amount recorded in 1990 (World Bank, 2011c). Remittances are the African continent’s largest source of net foreign inflows after foreign direct investment (FDI).


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