Tracking People Flows: Global Migration Summarized In 7 Charts

With the topic of global (im)migration getting increasingly more prominence as we get ever closer to the presidential elections, not to mention Europe's ongoing plight with the biggest refugee crisis since World War II, here is a handful of factual, and bias-free, charts summarizing the key aspects of global human mobility.

First, here is a summary tracker of global people flows since the start of the century. The countries in gray are sources of net people outflows, while those in blue have seen cumulative immigration over the past 15 years.

For some, actually make that many, nations the rise in the immigrant population is the only thing preventing the total population from shrinking.

 

It's not just Europe.

 

But Germany definitely has a problem.

 

The result is that, at least in Europe, the percentage of foreign-born residents is rising with every passing year.

 

The US appears headed in the same direction.

 

Even as the working foreigners do their best to share some of their newly-founded "wealth" with friend and family stuck back home and who have been less fortunate.