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December 2018

Climate Change and Migration

Almost 14,000 government delegates attended a UN climate conference in Katowice, Poland in December 2018 to develop rules to implement the Paris climate agreement of 2015, which called for global temperature increases to be kept below 1.5C or 2.7F. Some developing countries seeking funds to deal with climate change sent hundreds of delegates to Poland, including over 400 from Guinea and over 200 each from Congo and Ivory Coast.

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Almost 400,000 apprehensions in FY18

Some 396,600 foreigners were apprehended just inside US borders in FY18, up from 304,000 in FY17. These apprehensions included 107,200 parents with children under 18 and 50,000 unaccompanied minors. Apprehensions in the first months of FY19 averaged 50,000 a month, suggesting annual total of 500,000 or more.

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Record 44 million immigrants in 2016

The US had a record 44 million immigrants in 2016, according to tables released by Pew in September 2018, making them almost 14 percent of US residents. In 1970, there were fewer than 10 million immigrants, and they were less than five percent of US residents.

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$528 Billion in Remittances to Developing Countries in 2018

The World Bank estimated that remittances to developing countries were $528 billion in 2018. Half of these remittances were received by six countries: India received $80 billion, China ($67 billion), Mexico and the Philippines ($34 billion each), and Egypt ($26 billion) and Nigeria ($25 billion). Remittances were the largest share of GDP in ex-USSR countries and island states, led by Kyrgyz Republic, where remittances were 36 percent of GDP, and Tonga, 35 percent.

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ILO: 164 Million Migrant Workers in 2017

The UN reported 258 million international migrants in 2017. The ILO estimated that 164 million of these migrants, 70 percent of migrants 15 and older, were in the labor force of the countries to which they moved. The ILO estimated 150 million migrant workers in 2013, suggesting an average increase of 3.5 million migrant workers a year between 2013 and 2017.

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