By now, we’ve learned the reasons that lead people to immigrate, we reviewed the types of immigration. In this following article, we will know more about the people. The people we refer as immigrants. We will try to outline who is a migrant, what country does he/she comes from, what are their age ranges and examine some statistics regarding the immigrants population.

  • For the purpose of this article – we will outline the characteristics of legal migrant worker (economic migrant – someone who has travelled from one region to another region for the purposes of seeking employment and an improvement in quality of life) ,there is no reference in the written below regarding migrant due to political persecution (refugee) or illegal immigrants.

Who is a migrant?

There are many ways to interpret the term ‘migrant’ and it changes according to the database and reference. Migrants may be defined as foreign-born, foreign nationals, or people who moved from one country to another.

What countries does the immigrants come from?

Overall the Asians represented the largest diaspora group of immigrants. Eastern Asia (which includes China) and Southern Asia (which includes India) together accounted for half the global working population.  Northern America, Southern and Western Europe, together account for half (48.5 per cent) of global migrants or migrant workers. But we see migrant workers of all countries in different rates depending on their skills.

What are the average age range of the immigrants and of what gender?

The age range of the Migrant workers is wide and fit to the immigration laws of different countries. therefore, the range is 18 to 55. As for 2015 the division of the migrants by gender is nearly the same (44.3% women and 55.7% men), but when when it comes to migrant  of domestic workers the percentage change drastically  (73.4% women and 26.6% men).  

Facts, numbers and figures

There are 150 million international migrants (work migrants) around the world. Migrant population raised in 19% since the year 2000. Almost half (48.5 per cent) of migrant workers are concentrated in two broad subregions, Northern America, Southern and Western Europe. the migrant workers work in the following sectors: Agriculture , Industry (Manufacturing / Construction etc.) and Services (Human health and social work activities / households as employers / Accommodation and food service activities etc.)

In conclusion, one can say that everyone in some point of their lives will become migrant workers, whether it is in the field of inexperience caregiver or a well known professor. Literally speaking, labor migration across borders does not distinguish between sex, religion, nationality and age.


*All data were taken from the International Labour Organization report (2015)