Migrants account for 3.4% of the global population but produce 9.4% of the world output, or some $6.7tn. It is estimated that this total is $3tn more than the migrants would have produced if they had remained in their home countries. (Financial Times)
Europe hosts 6% of total world’s displaced people. The Middle East and North Africa host 39%. (UNHCR)
53% of refugees worldwide come from three countries: Somalia, Afghanistan, Syria. (UNHCR)
In 2016, five thousand people died trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea. Sixteen hundred have died so far this year (IOM).
We have judicial and moral obligation to protect refugees. The New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants expresses the political will of world leaders to save lives, protect rights and share responsibility on a global scale. (UN)
Migrants and refugees are highly vulnerable to become victims of human trafficking. An annual €35 billion is made in the trafficking of human beings.
90% of the world’s 247 million migrants have moved across borders voluntarily, usually for economic reasons. (McKinsey Global Institute)
Portugal benefits around €3m in annual remittances from Portuguese citizens spread throughout the world. (Trading Economics)
In 2015 Portugal received 29.896 migrants and saw 85.052 of Portuguese citizens leave (INE).