Challenging common misconception: many more people move within borders than across them

Contrary to commonly held beliefs, the 2009 Human Development Report revealed that most migrants do not cross national borders, but instead move within their own country. 740 million people were internal migrants, almost 4 times the number of international migrants according to 2007 data. The graph presents country comparison of the number of internal migrants on a consistent basis for 24 countries covering 57% of the world’s population by using national censuses in 2000-2002. Read more about Human mobility and Development at the 2009 Human Development Report.

This graph was originally published on the 2009 Human Development Report, “Overcoming barriers: Human mobility and development” – Page 22