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AUSTRALIA

Ranked as the 8th best country out of the top 60 by U.S. News, Australia is home to some 23.7 million people. A wealthy country with a major presence in international organizations, Australia boasts quality of life, firm citizenship rights, opportunity for entrepreneurs, economic stability, and a large public services sector. In addition to job availability, Australia boasts a huge English-speaking population, a safe environment, and a high level of happiness among its citizens.

Australia currently has some 5.5 million immigrants. Over 1.2 million of those immigrants came from the United Kingdom and 486,000 from New Zealand. The remaining foreign-born population entered Australia from a variety of countries including India, China, Greece, Vietnam, and South Africa.

A very proud nation of people, Australia holds their cultural values dear which can cause some negative sentiment towards immigrants who are unwilling to integrate. With that said, however, the Australian immigration system is designed to ensure that incoming immigrants at least have something to offer. Under the current system, of the 190,000 non-humanitarian immigrants permitted entry to the country annually, around 66% must be skilled laborers. So, if you’re looking to immigrate to Australia but do not have skilled work potential, immigration is going to prove difficult.

What makes a skilled immigrant? Entrants to the country receive “points” that score their potential as skilled workers. Points are awarded for age, English proficiency, education, work experience, skills of accompanying family members, and any employment certifications.

Immigrants to Australia who do not get judged under this system are those with employer-nominations, workers in specific “in-demand” occupations, and any humanitarian applicants.

The Australian immigration system is currently under review and so things could change in the near future. Overall, however, if you have something to offer and don’t intend on being an obvious drain on the thriving economy, Australia is a beautiful and hospitable immigration destination. 

 

Immigrant population of Australia by Country of Origin - 5,22,408 Immigrants

 

Country of Origin

%age of Immigrant Population

Country of Origin

%age of Immigrant Population

United Kingdom

21.87%

Vietnam

3.58%

New Zealand

8.82%

Philippines

2.75%

China

5.35%

Greece

2.54%

Italy

4.28%

South Africa

2.4%

India

3.8%

Germany

2.39%

 

Emigrants from Australia by Destination Country

FRANCE

Ranked 9th out of the 60 best countries by US News, as one of the best nations in the world, France is one of the world’s most influential countries. A democratic nation with a wealthy population, a significant percentage of France’s people fall into a high-income bracket. This wealth and economic stability may be what brings many immigrants to France’s door.

France currently has a population of 64,768,389, 6,684,842 of those peoples are immigrants from other nations. A vast percentage of these immigrants came to the country from neighboring countries and EU member-states like Italy, Spain, Germany, Belgium and the United Kingdom. Additionally, some 913,000 of France’s immigrants hail from Algeria, 840,000  from Morocco, and 762,0000 from Portugal.

The rich cultural heritage of France only continues to expand as the nation welcomes increasing diversity. How do the French feel about their increasing immigrant population? Well, the answer varies depending upon who you ask.

Many French are feeling an increasing strain from immigrants moving into the country, resulting in feelings of hostility. In light of the 2017 election of Emmanuel Macron, however, it appears that the French are less hostile towards immigration than many may have previously thought. As opposed to his more anti-immigration opponents in the presidential election, Macron believes that EU nations should be accepting of EU immigrants.

But what if you’re not an EU citizen? If you are seeking a life in France but are coming from a non-EU country, you must apply for a residence permit and display skills and talents that make you valuable to the country. It is likely that these regulations will become more strict in the future, however, as economic growth slows and unemployment slowly rises.

 

Immigrant population of France by Country of Origin - 

6,684,842 Immigrants

 

Country of Origin

%age of Immigrant Population

Country of Origin

%Age of Immigrant Population

Algeria

13.67%

Tunisia

4.52%

Morocco

12.58%

Turkey

4.48%

Portugal

11.40%

United Kingdom

2.58%

Italy

6.74%

Germany

2.56%

Spain

5.45%

Belgium

2.06%

 

French Emigrants by Destination Country

 

SPAIN

Ranked 19th out of the 80 best countries by US News as one of the best nations in the world, Spain is comprised of numerous semi-independent “communities.” The cultural influence of each of these historical kingdoms allows a nation of diverse and dynamic population. It is likely that this mixing pot of influence, as well as religious freedom and family-friendly atmosphere, is what appeals to many immigrants.

Spain currently has a population of 46,505,963, 6,900,547 of those are immigrants from other nations. The immigrating population to Spain is considerably diverse with people coming from Romania, Argentina, Ecuador, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, and Morocco. The largest number of immigrants come to Spain from Romania with 810,471 Romanian immigrants now living in the country. The second largest number of immigrants come to Spain from Morocco with 778,451 immigrants and following that is Ecuador with 519,123 immigrants.

The large and diverse patchwork of culture in Spain lures immigrants from all over the globe…but how do the Spanish feel about their increasing immigrant population? As it turns out, they are much more accepting than many other nations!

Xenophobia and conflicts between immigrants and nationals are rare in Spain. This almost welcoming attitude is thought to be a result of the existing diversity of the Spanish population. In a country that already embraces multiple cultures and religions, immigrants are rarely seen as a “threat” to the Spanish way of life. Despite Spain’s acceptance, however, immigrants still face a struggle with low salaries, high levels of unemployment, poverty, and job insecurity after settlement. Amid their economic crisis, however, Spain continues to accept many immigrants which only seems to worsen the quality of life for incoming populations. For many families, though, these effects of economic crisis are little of a deterrent.

So, just what does it take to immigrate to Spain? Amid increasing numbers of immigrants, Spain recently made reforms to their immigration policy, making things a little more confusing for those seeking entry. Depending on your reason for seeking entry to Spain, requirements for your application vary. You can find details on specific immigration requirements here and here.

 

Immigrant population of Spain by Country of Origin - 6,900,547 Immigrants

 

Country of Origin

%age of Immigrant Population

Country of Origin

%age of Immigrant Population

Romania

11.75%

Argentina

4.8%

Morocco

11.28%

Bolivia

3.98%

Ecuador

7.52%

Germany

3.95%

United Kingdom

5.96%

France

3.66%

Colombia

5.45%

Peru

2.68%

 

Spanish Emigrants by Destination Country

THE UNITED KINGDOM

Ranked 3rd out of the top 80 countries by US News as one of the best nations in the world, the United Kingdom is one of the world’s most developed nations and holds considerable world influence. Long seen as a destination for immigrants worldwide, the United Kingdom has seen increasing diversity in immigrant populations over the last few decades. This increase in diversity is likely a result of the quality of human and property rights as well as religious freedom and well-developed public health and education systems.

The United Kingdom currently has a population of 62,348,447, 6,955,738 of those are immigrants from other nations. Similar to Spain, the immigrating population to the U.K. is quite diverse hailing from countries all over the world. The biggest source of the U.K.’s immigrants, unsurprisingly, is India with some 657,792 of the immigrant population being Indian by birth. Second to India is Poland with 521,446 of the U.K’s population immigrating from Poland. Following these two nations, Pakistan, Ireland, Germany, South Africa, Bangladesh, the USA, Jamaica, and Kenya are the largest contributors to the U.K’s immigrant population.

How do the British feel about immigrating populations? This very much depends on who you ask, particularly with Brexit looming over everyone’s heads. Many British feel that their culture is being diluted by foreign influence and their jobs are at risk due to the influx of workers willing to work for lower wages. Brexit has thrust this issue into the limelight, however, since a large portion of Britain’s immigrant population provide vital services that could not be filled adequately by native Britons. As the negotiations for Brexit continue, it seems that more and more British natives are being made aware of just how much the British economy depends on immigrants.

Current regulations for immigration to the United Kingdom are under scrutiny and likely to be revised with Brexit. As it currently stands, though, requirements for entry to the country vary depending on your reason for immigration. For most non-EU immigrants, entry to the country requires leave to enter the country. When granted, this may come with conditions and restrictions applied. You can read more about these restrictions and requirements here and here.

 

Immigrant population of the United Kingdom by Country of Origin - 6,955,738 immigrants

 

Country of Origin

%age of Immigrant Population

Country of Origin

%age of Immigrant Population

India

9.46%

South Africa

3.25%

Poland

7.5%

Bangladesh

3.02%

Pakistan

6.49%

United States of America

2.63%

Ireland

6.07%

Jamaica

2.27%

Germany

4.31%

Kenya

2.2%

 

British Emigrants by Destination Country

CANADA

We might be a little biased, but we think Canada is the most immigrant-friendly country in the world. (We're trying to be objetive and ranking us 5th.) We've got plenty of space, we're already ethnically diverse (including two of the six most multicultural cities on earth, Vancouver and Toronto), and we survived the global recession relatively unscathed. Yes, it can get pretty cold, and you'll probably want to avoid rural areas at first, but Canada has great social services and a high standard of living. Check out our lists of top Canadian cities to immigrate to, study in, and places to avoid.

Ranked 2nd out of the top 80 countries by US News as one of the best nations in the world, Canada is one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world. It is this availability of land and the Canadian welcoming attitude towards immigrants that attracts incoming immigrants annually. Of course, the human rights, property rights, quality of life, religious freedom, and well-developed public health and education systems are also a draw!

Canada currently has a population of approximately 36,000,000, 7,202,340 of those are immigrants from other nations. In addition to attracting immigrants from the United Kingdom and United States, Canada is a particularly attractive destination for many Asian countries. The United Kingdom is the largest source of Canada’s immigrants with some 674,746 individuals living there having come from the U.K. China is the second largest source of Canada’s immigrants with 543,573 immigrants living in Canada. Following that, India, the Philippines, Italy, the USA, Hong Kong, Germany, Poland, and Vietnam.

Where many nations are less accepting of immigrant populations, Canada is rather unique in its position. The current demographics of Canada mean that without immigrants, the Canadian population will decline in the coming years. Immigrant populations are what helps to maintain the nation’s economy. Due to this, most Canadians are happy to accept incoming immigrants. One concern for Canadians, however, is the focus of immigrants on larger industrialized cities. Immigrants flock to these developed areas in search of work and cultural hubs, however, these are the areas that offer the most opportunity for Canadians as well.

So, how do you go about immigrating to Canada? Eligibility to immigrate to Canada depends on a variety of criteria. There are multiple immigration programs available through the Canadian government, for example, there is a skilled workers program, an immigrant investors program, a family sponsorship program, a refugee program, and an Atlantic immigration pilot program, among other programs. You can determine if you are eligible for any of these immigration programs in Canada by taking a quick quiz here. 

 

Immigrant population of Canada by Country of Origin - 7,202,340 immigrants

 

Country of Origin

%age of Immigrant the Population

Country of Origin

%age of Immigrant Population

United Kingdom

9.37%

United States of America

4.05%

China

7.55%

Hong Kong

3.48%

India

7.17%

Germany

2.77%

Philippines

4.9%

Poland

2.76%

Italy

4.8%

Vietnam

2.59%

 

Canadian Emigrants by Destination Country

SAUDI ARABIA

 

Ranked 32nd out of the best 80 countries by US News as one of the best nations in the world, Saudi Arabia has a lot of land to offer and is a hub of Arabian wealth. Despite strict rule and regulation of society, Saudi Arabia’s wealth and opportunity is a drawing force for poorer neighbouring countries. This is despite poor human rights, high levels of corruption, low levels of safety, poor public healthcare systems and poor public education systems.

Saudi Arabia currently has a population of 25,731,776, 7,288,900 of those are immigrants from other nations. It is not surprising that none of Saudi Arabia’s biggest immigrating population are from more liberal countries like the U.S., Australia, Canada, or the United Kingdom. This is most likely a result of political tensions as well as a lack of desire of westerners to live in a country with such strict and conservative laws, not to mention the lack of human rights and low levels of safety for immigrants. Saudi Arabia does hold promise for neighbouring countries where the economy is far from ideal, however. The largest population of immigrants in Saudi Arabia comes from India with 1,452,927 immigrants. The second largest contributor to Saudi Arabia’s immigrant population is Pakistan with 1,005,873 immigrants which is tied with Egypt with another 1,005,873 immigrants. Trailing behind these migrant native countries are Yemen, the Philippines, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, the Sudan, Indonesia, and Jordan.

With such a huge population of immigrants, how does Saudi Arabia feel about immigration? Saudi immigration policy has a firm hold on the immigrants that are permitted entry to the country. In fact, all immigrants must be sponsored by a local sponsor and have work permits guaranteed to them by citizens. This means that immigrant entry to the country is tightly regulated by Saudi nationals. This causes considerable problems, however, since the rules governing sponsorship are very vague leaving nationals to interpret them as they will. This results in a significant percentage of temporary Saudi residents feeling resentment towards Saudi nationals. Despite this tension, those foreign nationals who are granted residency in Saudi Arabia are generally welcomed by nationals. The exception to this is a few areas of the country where conservatism is pushed to the extreme.

How do you go about immigrating to Saudi Arabia? All immigrants must have a residence visa as well as a work permit. In order to process these, your employer must submit paperwork for your entry in addition to you submitting your own paperwork. It is also necessary to undergo a full medical exam and have proof of your academic or professional qualifications. Additionally, after arriving in the country, you may be required to undergo a second medical exam. Once you have been permitted entry to the country, you will be given your permit which you must carry at all times. 

 

Immigrant population of Saudi Arabia by Country of Origin - 7,288,900 immigrants

 

Country of Origin

%age of Immigrant Population

Country of Origin

%age of immigrant Population

India

19.93%

Bangladesh

6.13%

Pakistan

13.8%

Sri Lanka

5.37%

Egypt

13.8%

Sudan

3.83%

Yemen

12.27%

Indonesia

3.83%

Philippines

7.67%

Jordan

2.36%

 

Saudi Emigrants by Destination Country

GERMANY

Ranked 4th out of the best 80 countries by US News as one of the best nations in the world, Germany is the most populous nation in the E.U. Bordering nine other countries, it’s no surprise that Germany sees a diverse influx of immigrants seeking the country’s stable growing economy.

Germany currently has a population of 81,644,454, 10,758,061 of those individuals are immigrants from other nations. The vast percentage of these immigrant’s hail from other central European countries. The attraction? The low unemployment rates, huge economy, and openness to refugees. The largest number of Germany’s immigrants, some 2,733,109 people, hail from Turkey. Second to Turkey is Italy with 842,666 immigrants now living in Germany. Third is Poland with 613,768 immigrants. Following these top three contributing nations, the largest population of immigrants in Germany come from Greece, Croatia, the Russian Federation, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Netherlands, and the Ukraine.

But, how do the Germans feel about the huge influx of immigrants? Well, German politicians have built their careers on the concept of building a welcoming culture that keeps doors open to immigrants. This open-door policy has, however, led to a considerable number of refugees, something which is now becoming a bone of contention for locals. Having accepted so many immigrants into their country, many Germans feel that they have “done their part” and that their own culture is beginning to suffer. This sentiment was reflected in the recent election when support of Angela Merkel dropped considerably as a result of her open-door policy to refugees. This is undoubtedly what led to her most recent promise to limit the number of refugees that Germany would accept.

So, Germans are growing tired of the huge influx of immigrants… but how do they feel towards those who are living there currently? Despite maintaining the “welcoming culture” that has been encouraged, a recent poll shows that only 59% of Germans feel that immigrants are welcome in Germany. Those who believe that immigrants are not welcome blame a strained social system for their sentiments. These individuals believe that as this strain worsens, clashes with and acceptance of immigrant populations will worsen. Essentially, while Germany is an immigration friendly country, it may not remain so for very long.

How do you go about immigrating to Germany? You may be eligible to immigrate to Germany if you meet the basic requirements set out by law. These requirements include financial stability, having health insurance coverage, being proficient in basic German, and possessing a Visa IF traveling from certain countries listed here.