The migration of Indians to the UAE in 2015 as been ranked as the “second largest migration in the world”, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). In its latest report, “Perspectives on global development 2017: International migration in a shifting world”, a 35-country economic organisation said nearly 2.8 million Indians have migrated to the UAE between 1995 and 2015, making it the top destination for Indians in the world.
However, Navdeep Suri Singh, ambassador of India to UAE, said recently that the UAE is home to over 2.6 million Indians. The corridor between Mexico and the United States has been listed as the “largest” in terms of the volume of migrants (5.5 million in 2015).
Terming the trend as a “recent phenomenon”, the report said the number of Indian migrants to the UAE increased by 126 percent between 2005 and 2010. Large migration flows began in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries during the 1970s’ oil boom, with immigrants making over 40 percent of the GCC population. Immigrants account for almost 70 percent of the total population in Kuwait and over 80 percent in Qatar and the UAE, the report said.
The top six countries for immigrants in Asia were Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Nepal, the Philippines and Sri Lanka. Indians topped the list for the largest diaspora in the world with 15.6 million migrants in 2015, OECD said, adding 243 million people live outside their country of birth, accounting for 3.3 percent of the world's population.
The migration flow between 1995 and 2015 has been calculated taking the difference between the migrant numbers in each of two years (1995 and 2015), OECD said.
Source: Arabian Business