US has world’s largest immigrant population

New figures released by the United Nations reveal that four times more immigrants live in the US that any other country.

Based on figures recently released by the UN’s Population Division, and complied by the 24/7 Wall Street website, more than 45 million immigrants currently live in the US, placing the country’s immigrant population well ahead of second placed Russia’s (11 million).

“Several of the eight nations with the highest migrant populations are also among the world’s most populous,” the website noted.

Interestingly, though, the site also stated that: “Despite having large migrant populations, many of these nations do not have policies that actively support immigration. In fact, according to the UN, the governments of Saudi Arabia, France, the United Kingdom, and United Arab Emirates all promoted policies aimed at lowering the level of immigration into their countries, as of 2011. Only one of these nations, Russia, actively promoted immigration into their country as of 2011.”

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Rounding out the top eight countries in terms of immigrant population were: Germany (9.8 million), Saudi Arabia (9.1 million), United Arab Emirates, UK (both 7.8 million), France (7.4 million) and Canada (7.1 million).