Which Country Has the Largest Foreign-born Population?

Foreign-born Population (As % of Total Population) (%), 2011 or latest
Society | February 22, 2018
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Based on a comparison of 39 countries in 2011, Luxembourg ranked the highest in foreign-born population as a percentage of total population with 42.1% followed by Switzerland and Australia. On the other end of the scale was China with 0.100%, Indonesia with 0.100% and Brazil with 0.400%.

Data for more countries are available at Foreign-born Population (As % of Total Population) indicator page.

Foreign-born Population (As % of Total Population) Unit 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
Australia % 24.2% 24.6% 25.1% 25.7% 26.2%
Austria % ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 14.5% 14.7% 15.0% 15.3% 15.5%
Belgium % ... ... ... 12.1% 12.5% 13.0% 13.5% 13.9%
Canada % 18.7% 19.0% 19.2% 19.4% 19.6%
Estonia % ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 17.0% 16.9% 16.7% 16.5% 16.3%
Germany % ... ... ... ... 12.6% 12.7% 12.8% 12.9% 12.9%
Ireland % ... ... ... ... ... 12.6% 14.2% 15.7% 16.7% 17.2%
Israel % ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 29.1% 28.3% 27.6% 26.9% 26.2%
Latvia % ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...
Luxembourg % ... ... ... 36.5% 37.4% 38.6% 40.2% 40.0%
New Zealand % ... ... ... ... ... 20.3% 21.0% 21.6% 22.3% 22.7%
Spain % ... ... ... ... ... ... 11.1% 11.9% 13.5% 14.2% 14.4%
Sweden % ... 12.5% 12.9% 13.4% 13.9% 14.4%
Switzerland % ... ... ... 23.8% 24.2% 24.9% 25.8% 26.3%
USA % 12.1% 12.6% 12.6% 12.5% 12.5%