World Population: 6,853,328,460

Migrants in the world: 215,738,321



Almost 216 million people, or 3.15% of the world population, live outside their countries.

Click on a country box to know more about migration flow to/from that country.

click a box

Top migrant destinationsee more


Top emigration countriessee more

Top migration corridorssee more

About peoplemovin


peoplemovin shows the flows of migrants based on the last data available on International Migrant Stock.

International migrant stock is the number of people born in a country other than that in which they live. It also includes refugees.

The data are presented as a slopegraph that shows the connections between countries. The chart is split in two columns, the emigration countries on the left and the destination countries on the right. The thickness of the lines connecting the countries represents the amount of immigrated people.

Refugees and Asylum


Refugees and asylum seekers made up 16.3 million, or 8%, of international migrants in 2010. The Middle East and North Africa region had the largest share of refugees and asylum seekers among immigrants (65%), followed by South Asia (20%), Sub-Saharan Africa (17%), and East Asia and Pacific (8.8%).

Data Sources


The main source of data for this visualization is the Bilateral Migration Matrix from the Worldbank website. It presents estimates of Migrant Stocks in 2010.
In the data provided, the bilateral migration data were created by applying weights based on bilateral migrant stocks (from population censuses of individual countries) to the UN Population Division's estimates of total migrant stocks.

International migrant stock is the number of people born in a country other than that in which they live. It also includes refugees.

All the presented data are the latest available as of  2010.
Please refer to the following sources for more details:


Migration Data
Bilateral Migration and Remittances 2010
The World Bank Open Data
Ratha, Dilip K., and William Shaw (2006). "South-South Migration and Remittances," Development Prospects Group, World Bank

Refugees and Asylum
Migration and Remittances Factbook 2011

World Population Data
U.S. Census Bureau, International Data Base

Why peoplemovin?


peoplemovin is an experimental project in data visualization by Carlo Zapponi.

The current version of peoplemovin is based on a HTML5 toolkit for the creation of flow charts called datamovin. I'm currently working on it and I'll make it available soon. In the meanwhile you can enjoy version 0.3 by digging into the source code of this site.

Follow me on twitter

Contact me at info[at]makinguse.com