“I was particularly focused on ensuring that there was geographic and gender diversity covered in the content of the report but also in the way in which we produce the report,” says @MarieLMcAuliffe
— IOM – UN Migration 🇺🇳 (@UNmigration) December 1, 2021
Although only a small proportion of the world’s population qualify as international migrants, there exists wide variation at the country level.
In some countries, such as the United Arab Emirates, for example, over 88 per cent of the population fit the designation.
The report notes an overall increase in remittances in recent decades, from $126 billion in 2000, to $702 billion in 2020.
There were predictions of a large decline in these transfers made by migrants directly to families or communities in their countries of origin because of the pandemic, but 2020 only saw a slight drop of 2.4 per cent compared to the year before.
India, China, Mexico, the Philippines and Egypt were the top five remittance recipient countries, although India and China were well above the rest, with total totals exceeding $83 billion and $59 billion, respectively.
High-income countries are almost always the main source of remittances. For decades, the United States has consistently been top of the table, followed by the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, and Germany.
Accompanying the report, IOM has also launched an online interactive platform that allows users to explore and interact with key data and a toolkit to support teachers, so they can provide balanced, accurate and interesting learning materials.
The 2022 edition of the report also has a new and simple fact-checkers’ toolkit to help bust key myths on migration.
In addition to data analysis, the report covers specific topics such as climate change, peace and development, human trafficking, COVID-19, disinformation, and artificial intelligence.