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Telling Numbers: International migrant count slopes downward in India

-The Indian Express

The 51,54,737 international migrants in 2019 represent just 0.4 per cent of the total population of India.

On Wednesday, the UN Population Division released the dataset International Migrant Stock 2019. While the size of the Indian diaspora in other countries was reported in The Indian Express on Thursday, the exhaustive dataset also showed striking trends in international migration into India. The number has been consistently going down in the last three decades; from 75.9 lakh in 1990, the international migrant population is 51.5 lakh in 2019, the dataset showed.

The United Nations said in a statement that these estimates were based on official national statistics of foreign populations gathered from censuses. “These numbers reflect any person who is moving or has moved across an international border, regardless of citizenship status or motive — meaning the data encompass people who have moved either intentionally or involuntarily,” it said.

The United Nations said in a statement that these estimates were based on official national statistics of foreign populations gathered from censuses. “These numbers reflect any person who is moving or has moved across an international border, regardless of citizenship status or motive — meaning the data encompass people who have moved either intentionally or involuntarily,” it said.

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