The Coun­tries With The Most Na­tive-Born Peo­ple Liv­ing Abroad

ForbesWeekly - - NEWS - BY NIALL MCCARTHY, CON­TRIB­U­TOR FOL­LOW NIALL MCCARTHY AT www.forbes.com/sites/niallm­c­carthy

Out of all OECD coun­tries, Ire­land has the high­est per­cent­age of its na­tive-born pop­u­la­tion liv­ing over­seas. Even though Ire­land has started re­cov­er­ing from the dev­as­tat­ing im­pact of the fi­nan­cial cri­sis, em­i­gra­tion re­mains high with 35,300 peo­ple leav­ing in the 12 months to April 2015. This was a 13% drop on the pre­vi­ous year where 40,700 Ir­ish peo­ple moved over­seas. An OECD anal­y­sis has shown that one in six Ir­ish-born peo­ple now live abroad.

New Zealand and Por­tu­gal also have high per­cent­ages of their na­tive-born pop­u­la­tions liv­ing abroad at 14% each. Mex­ico (12.2%), Lux­em­bourg (12.1%) and Ice­land (11.7%) com­plete the top five. Un­sur­pris­ingly, coun­tries with larger pop­u­la­tions in­clud­ing Brazil, Ja­pan, the United States and China are among the coun­tries with the fewest na­tion­als liv­ing abroad.

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