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Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) report on immigration

According to a report by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), around 28.5 million people from the region, 4% of the total population, live in countries outside their country of birth, some 70% of them in the United States.

Examining the figures in more detail reveals that the highest number comes from Mexico (11.8 million), which is around 40% of the total followed by Colombia with almost two million, El Salvador (1.3 million), Cuba (1.2 million) and the Dominican Republic (1 million).

Following the United States, which is by far the most popular destination, comes Spain with 2.4 million immigrants from the region, accounting for 8% of the total.

Immigrants to Latin America and the Caribbean countries total 7.6 million, which adds up to 1.1% of the population of the region.

According to ECLAC, 63% of the immigrants come from outside the region and most live in Argentina, (1.8 million), Venezuela (1.1 million), Mexico (968,000) and Brazil (592,000).

The report highlights that immigration to the region from overseas has increased in recent years, especially from Spain, due to the economic crisis there.

The findings are published in the document “Trends and Patterns in Latin American and Caribbean Migration in 2010 and Challenges for a Regional Agenda”.

The report published on Tuesday, 11 November 2014, concluded that emigration to destinations outside the region declined between 2000 and 2010 (based on census data) while intraregional migration flows have grown.

Source: DR1,

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