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IOM: more Europeans migrate to Latin America than the other way around

Tuesday, June 9th 2015 - 07:12 UTC
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The International Organization for Migration, IOM released a study on Monday revealing a trend of increased migration flows from the European Union (EU) to Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region, and a marked decrease in the movement of people in the other direction. Read full article


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  • Skip

    Interesting read.

    However the number of immigrants in LAC aren't that impressive really. Though I expect them to grow. LAC has a population of ~588 million and only has 8.5 million migrants. That's 1%

    Australia with a population of ~23 million and has attracted over 6.4 million migrants or 27.8%! And that's up from 23.6% 10 years ago. We're on track to hit 30% this decade.

    LAC would need an equivalent of 163 million to match that.

    Oh and guess which was the largest percentage growth in migrant nationality after Nepal?


    Jun 09th, 2015 - 10:45 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Idlehands

    It's all about money.

    Europeans can live like kings by taking their wealth to South America.

    South Americans can live like poor people wherever they choose to go.

    Jun 09th, 2015 - 10:51 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Skip

    Untrue. I live with two Colombians and they live at the same level I do as an Australian.

    My ex was also Chilean-born and your generalisation again doesn't hold true.

    Perhaps my country is a country of opportunity and yours isn't?

    Jun 09th, 2015 - 10:59 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • yankeeboy

    I get so mad when people pick and choose when they stop and start looking at statistics. They choose the timeframes that paint the picture they want to show.
    The last decade was a good time for LatAM and not the EU so people from LatAm stayed home while people from EU still retired to LatAm.
    Simple as that.
    Now that LatAm is falling into recession in its largest (populations) counties those numbers will swing as more young adults go where the jobs are, probably the USA.
    Nobody from the civilized world is going to SoAm to make their fortune. They're going to spend their fortune.
    Silly bureaucrats are always lying and dumb people believe them.

    Jun 09th, 2015 - 11:33 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Tik Tok

    Well said YB #4, and now the trend is swinging back the other way

    Jun 09th, 2015 - 03:56 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    @4. How sure are you that it's retirees moving from the EU to LatAm? I see that the top three EU sending countries are Spain, Italy and Portugal. All three have grave financial problems. Although Greece and Ireland were the first two countries needing bailouts, they were swiftly followed by Portugal and Spain. Somewhere in there was the Italian technocratic 'government' demanded by the EU. Isn't it possible that nationals of these three countries have been emigrating to evade the disastrous eurozone?

    Jun 09th, 2015 - 04:32 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    On a sample size of ONE, I can conclusively say the reason for us emigrating to Uruguay was health.

    There, an unequivocal statement of fact unlike this load of BS.

    Jun 09th, 2015 - 05:42 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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