According to the United Nations, only around 191
million people lived outside the country of their birth in 2005 —
around 3% of world population. Nevertheless the presence of international
migrants can raise many contentious issues and generate controversy
out of all proportion to their modest numbers.
Migrants crammed onto a boat traveling from Africa to Europe
Photo: UNHCR/A. Di Loreto
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difficult issues. Note that where words are blue
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