191 million international migrants in 2005: UN

In one of the largest movement of population in world history, as many as 191 million people migrated to foreign shores in 2005, with women constituting half of the international migrants.

New Delhi, Sept 06: In one of the largest movement of
population in world history, as many as 191 million people
migrated to foreign shores in 2005, with women constituting
half of the international migrants.

"The number of international migrants constitute nearly
three per cent of world population and would form the fifth
largest country if they all stayed at the same place," Ena
Singh, UNFPA representative said releasing the 'State of World
Population -- 2006' report which focusses on women and
international migration.

Over two per cent of the international migrants headed
for India last year which ranked eighth in a list of countries
receiving migrant population. The US, which received nearly 39
million migrants, topped the list.

Women comprise nearly half of the total number of
international migrants and contribute significantly to poverty
reduction and development.

"The money that female migrants send back home can raise
families and even entire communities out of poverty," the
report said.

The report shows that while migration can open new doors
to a world of greater equality and opportunity, it can also
lead to human rights violation.

The report comes only days before a high-level dialogue
on international migration and development in New York
convened by United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan
starts.

Bureau Report

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