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Outflows

Data on emigration are sparser and even less reliable than those on immigration.

Many countries do not collect this information in any form. A part of the problem is that people do not have much incentive to notify the authorities of their departure. And the emigrants more likely to do are nationals rather than foreign citizens. As a result, published statistics tend to underestimate emigration. Subtracting the data in table 2 from those in table 1 should give in principle give net migration. But given the uncertainties in the data this may not be wise. In any case, there other ways of getting this information, as explained on the next page.

Table 2. Outflows of foreign population, thousands.

1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
Outflows based on population registers
Austria
..
..
..
..
45
47
44
51
39
46
48
47
Belgium
34
33
32
35
36
36
36
31
31
34
38
38
Czech Rep.
..
0
0
0
0
0
0
21
31
33
34
22
Denmark
5
5
6
7
8
8
8
9
9
9
9
..
Finland
2
2
3
2
2
2
4
2
3
2
4
3
Germany
621
561
559
637
639
556
562
497
506
499
547
484
Hungary
5
2
3
2
2
2
2
2
2
3
3
4
Japan
205
195
161
178
188
200
211
233
248
259
278
292
Lux'bourg
5
5
6
6
7
7
7
8
8
9
11
11
Neth'lands
23
22
22
22
21
21
21
20
21
22
24
24
Norway
10
9
10
10
12
13
15
15
12
14
9
13
Sweden
16
15
14
15
14
14
13
13
14
15
16
16
Switz'land
64
67
68
63
59
58
56
53
50
46
48
50
Outflows based on other sources:
Australia
26
27
28
29
30
29
30
42
32
30
30
32
Korea
..
..
..
..
..
89
107
114
152
149
267
Mexico
12
34
31
27
25
22
23
26
27
24
24
31
N. Zealand
11
11
13
15
16
16
16
29
22
25
29
31
UK
113
101
108
131
126
152
160
149
174
171
152
182

Source: OECD/SOPEMI 2007). International Migration Outlook, Paris, OECD.

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International migration data