About 3% of the world’s population has migrated across international borders. While that may seem like a small percentage, it represents a lot of people. If the world’s 214 million international migrants were counted as one nation, they would constitute the fifth most populous country on the globe, just behind Indonesia and ahead of Brazil.
Faith on the Move, a new study by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life, focuses on the religious affiliation of international migrants, examining patterns of migration among seven major groups: Christians, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Jews, adherents of other religions and the religiously unaffiliated.
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Read through the preface, executive summary, report chapters and methodology.
Sortable Data Tables:
View data on migrants in 231 countries in a series of sortable data tables. Sort the data by choosing a destination country or country of origin, displaying numbers or percentages, and viewing by religious affiliation or region.
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Select one of 231 countries or the global view and choose "into" or "out of" to see a snapshot of how many people have migrated to and from the country as of 2010. Filter data to see the migration estimates broken down by major religious groups.
Weighted World Maps
View weighted maps of the world that show each country’s relative size based on its migrant population.
Top 10 Origin and Destination Countries by Religious Group
View world maps that display the size of the 10 largest migrant populations for each of seven major religious groups using different-sized bubbles.
Migrants of Other Religions
This report is part of the Pew-Templeton Global Religious Futures project.