Migration Update

2023

The huge differences in population densities documented 30 years ago in The Right to Migrate remained stable because very few of earth’s citizens were allowed to move (Table 1 vs. Table 2).

 

Table 1. Nations Ranked by People Per Hectare of Farmland – 2023

 

_____________________________ Hectares of    People per _________________

Rank   Nation1                People  Farmland            Hectare

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                                                           (millions)            

1                Japan                           123      4.3       28.6

2                Egypt                           113      4.0       28.3

3                Bangladesh                  173      9.5       18.2

4                Congo                          102      6.2       16.5

5                China                           1,426   128.7   11.1

6                Philippines                  117      11.2     10.4

7                India                            1,429   168.0   8.5

8                Viet Nam                     99        11.7     8.5

9                Pakistan                       240      31.3     7.7

10             Germany                      83        11.9     7.0

11             Ethiopia                       127      18.6     6.8

12             Italy                             59        9.4       6.3

13             Mexico                        128      22.9     5.6

14             Indonesia                     278      53.6     5.2

15             Nigeria                        224      43.5     5.1

16             Iran                              89        17.6     5.1

17             Turkey                         86        23.5     3.7

18             Brazil                           216      66.0     3.3

19             Thailand                      72        22.7     3.2

20             Sudan                           48        21.2     2.3

21             United States               340      160.4   2.1

22             Niger                           27        17.8     1.5

23             Russia                          144      123.4   1.2

24             Argentina                    46        43.3     1.1

25             Ukraine                        37        33.8     1.1

26             Canada                         39        38.4     1.0

27             Kazakhstan                  20        29.8     .7

28             Australia                     26        31.7     .8

 

WORLD                      8,045   1,580   5.1

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1Nations listed are those that contain more than 1 % of the world's farmland or more than 1 % of the world's people.

Sources: STATISTICAL YEARBOOK WORLD FOOD AND AGRICULTURE 2023 (fao.org)

List of countries by population (United Nations) - Wikipedia

 

Table 2. Nations Ranked by People Per Hectare of Farmland – 1994

 

______________________________ Hectares of    People per _________________

Rank Nation1                   People     Farmland         Hectare

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                                                           (millions)                       

1                Japan                           125      4.5       27.8

2                Egypt                           62        2.8       22.1

3                China                           1,209   96.0     12.6

4                Bangladesh                  118      9.7       12.2

5                Viet Nam                     73        6.7       10.9

6                United Kingdom         58        6.1       9.5

7                Philippines                  66        9.2       7.2

8                Germany                      81        12.1     6.7

9                Pakistan                       137      21.3     6.4

10             Indonesia                     195      31.0     6.3

11             India                            919      169.7   5.4

12             Italy                             57        11.9     4.8

13             Mexico                        92        24.7     3.7

14             Nigeria                        108      29.9     3.6

15             Iran                              66        18.2     3.6

16             Brazil                           159      49.0     3.2

17             France                          58        19.4     3.0

18             Thailand                      58        20.8     2.8

19             Poland                         39        14.7     2.7

20             Turkey                         61        27.5     2.2

21             Spain                           40        19.7     2.0

22             Ukraine                        51        34.4     1.5

23             United States               261      187.8   1.4

24             Argentina                    34        27.2     1.3

25             Russia                          147      129.5   1.1

26             Canada                         29        45.5     .6

27             Kazakhstan                  17        34.8     .5

28             Australia                     18        46.5     .4

 

WORLD                      5,630   1,448   3.9

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1Nations listed are those that contain more than 1 % of the world's farmland or more than 1 % of the world's people. Source: FAO Production Yearbook, 1994.

 

Potential future migration patterns documented 30 years ago in The Right to Migrate remained stable because few people were allowed to migrate (Table 3 vs. Table 4).

 

Table 3. Immigrants and Emigrants Needed to Make Population Densities Equal - 2023

 

                                           Migrants                          

 

 

 

                                  From           

2023

 

 

From        From         Bang-      From      From

Popu-

Immigrants

(millions)

China        India        ladesh     Japan      Egypt

lation

(millions)

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To

  United States

189

140

31

25

23

340

+486

To

    Russia

182

135

30

24

22

144

+468

To

        Argentina

65

  48

11

  9

8

46

+167

To

    Canada

62

  46

10

8

8

39

+160

To

      Australia

55

  40

9

7

7

26

+140

To

Kazakhstan

49

36

8

6

6

20

+126

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2023 Population

1,426

1,429

173

123

113

8,045

Emigrants (mil.)

 -771

   -572

 -125

-101

 -93

1,980

 

 

Table 4. Immigrants and Emigrants Needed to Make Population Densities Equal - 1994

 

                                   Migrants                          

 

 

 

                                                               From     From

1994

 

 

From        From         From      Bang-     Indo-

Popu-

Immigrants

(millions)

China        India        Japan      ladesh      nesia

lation

(millions)

_____________________________________________________________________________

To

United States

192

59

25

19

17

261

+470

To

Russia

149

45

19

14

13

147

+363

To

Australia

67

20

9

6

6

18

+163

To

Canada

61

19

8

6

5

29

+150

To

Kazakhstan

48

15

6

5

4

17

+118

To

Argentina

29

9

4

3

3

34

+71

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1994 Population

1,209

919

125

118

195

5,630

Emigrants (mil.)

-835

-255

-108

-81

-74

2,037

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The need to migrate is as obvious today as it was 30 years ago. Unfortunately, the right to migrate is still the most obvious human right that humans need but do not yet have.

Paul VanRaden

2023