The number of international migrants has reached 258 million and the number will continue to grow, the United Nation says.

According to a report by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), the number of migrants increased by 49% compared to 2000.

Of that figure, nearly 26 million migrants (10% of 258 million) are refugees.

The DESA said the largest number of migrants, 49.8 million people, or 19% of all international migrants, reside in the U.S.

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The number of migrants living in Saudi Arabia, Germany and Russia amounts to nearly 12 million people in each country, while there are approximately nine million migrants in the United Kingdom.

In 2017, 48.4% of all international migrants were women, with the number of female migrants exceeding the number of male migrants in all regions except Africa and Asia.

Some three-quarters (74%) of all international migrants are of working age, between 20 and 64 years of age, compared to 57% of the global population.

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As regards migrants’ origin, India tops the list with 17 million international migrants who have originated in the South Asian country, while Mexico ranks second with 13 million of its nationals residing outside the country’s borders.

Nationals of Russia, China, Bangladesh, Syria, Pakistan and Ukraine also make up a significant part of international migrants, namely between six and 11 million people from each of these countries.

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