February 2015: Cross-Border Migrations

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This issue of Global Perspectives examines various trends and patterns in cross-border migration. As home to more immigrants than any other nation, the United States figures largely in this story. Substantial flows of foreign-born people have settled in communities across the U.S., including many not-so-obvious destinations.

In This Issue

Throughout history, people have left their home country in search of a better life. In today’s world, however, they can travel farther more easily than ever before. They can also rely on technology to remain in close contact with loved ones back home—often encouraging others to follow in their footsteps.

The United States is the world’s hotspot for incoming migration. According to the United Nations Population Division, as of 2013, 45.8 million people living in the U.S. were born in other countries. In contrast, second-ranked Russia’s immigrant population is 11.1 million, less than a quarter that of the U.S. The Migration Policy Institute says the U.S. is home to roughly one fifth...

Canada was built on immigration. With 6.8 million foreign-born, about one in five residents are immigrants. That’s the highest share of all G8 (The Group of Eight Industrialized Nations - France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, Japan, United States, Canada, and Russia) countries. Over two million have arrived since 2000, making immigration the key driver of Canada’s population growth.

Last fall, the Pew Research Center released an interactive map on patterns of global population migration, making it easy to visualize the dispersion of nations’ people around the globe.

The numbers on Pew’s website (based on United Nations Population Division data from 1990-2013) don’t track annual rates or flows of migration, but the total number of migrants residing...

Many real estate agents have used their ties to local immigrant communities to build a solid base of referral business. One of the best ways to spot those opportunities is via research. There are a surprising number of free resources available online.

When researching local opportunities, real estate agents interested in global migrations should concentrate on these questions for their...

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