Azerbaijan is the country with world’s highest number of internal migrants

Azerbaijan is the country with world’s highest number of internal migrants
# 16 December 2008 12:31 (UTC +04:00)
Baku. Kamala Guliyeva–APA. Azerbaijan Migration Center Pubic Union announced a “week of migrant” on the occasion of December 18, the International Migrant Day. The Union sources told APA the week will be held for specifying of existing migrant problems, investigation of cases causing violation of migrant rights and freedoms and during a week the migrants will receive free consultations and relevant government organizations will be requested to resolve problems of migrants.

Every 35 people in the world and every 8 in Azerbaijan are migrants. There are almost 200 million migrants in the world, including one million in Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan is the country with highest number of internal migrants in the world. About 48 percent of migrants in the world are women and in Azerbaijan this figure is 53 percent. While 97-98 percent of the migrants in the world are citizens of other countries, 70 percent of migrants in Azerbaijan are internal migrants displaced as a result of occupation of the territories. While migrants settled in other countries have different ethnicity with the local population, more than 90 percent of migrants in Azerbaijan are Azerbaijanis.
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