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Stocks

Stocks are the total number of immigrants — the result of years of migrant flows.

Data on stocks usually come from population registers but also from censuses and other sources. European countries tend to keep more data on foreign citizens, while the traditional countries of settlement are more concerned with counting the foreign born.

For the latest UN Estimates on global stocks consult the UN Population Division website.

Table 3a — OECD countries, foreign citizens, and foreign born

Foreign citizens %
Foreign born
 
1996
2005
1996
2005
Austria
8.57
9.74
..
13.53
Belgium
8.97
8.57
9.84
12.07
Czech Rep.
1.93
2.72
..
5.12
Denmark
4.70
4.98
5.05
6.46
Finland
1.40
2.17
2.10
3.40
France
..
..
..
8.10
Germany
8.90
8.84
11.85
..
Greece
..
5.18
..
..
Hungary
1.40
1.53
2.79
3.30
Ireland
3.20
6.30
6.94
10.95
Italy
2.00
4.59
..
..
Japan
1.12
1.57
31.49
33.43
Korea
0.33
1.00
..
0.40
Luxembourg
34.14
39.60
9.21
10.62
Netherlands
4.37
4.23
5.62
8.20
Norway
3.70
4.80
..
..
Poland
..
..
5.36
6.26
Portugal
1.70
4.09
..
..
Slovak Rep.
0.45
0.50
..
..
Spain
1.37
6.21
10.70
12.37
Sweden
5.95
5.30
21.34
23.77
Switzerland
18.90
20.30
..
..
UK
3.36
5.20
7.10
9.70

Table 3b — Countries of settlement, foreign born as a percentage of total population

1996
2005
Australia
23.3
23.8
Canada
17.4
19.1
New Zealand
..
19.4
United States
9.3
12.9

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

These and other data pages are available in Excel form by clicking the link below:
International migration data

Census form in Australia

Census form in Australia, 2006
Photo: Prescott Pym