February 4th, 2015

Global Migration Patterns 2011 – 2014

The rankings for the 2014 International Movers Study were released yesterday by UniGroup Relocation. Based on their approximately 260,000 annual customers the rankings have been produced for the last four years and show global migration patterns during the course of the year.

Moving To The U.S. - Country of Origin

Rank2011201220132014
1United KingdomUnited KingdomUnited KingdomUnited Kingdom
2GermanyGermanyGermanyGermany
3ChinaCanadaChinaChina
4IrelandChinaAustraliaCanada
5NetherlandsFranceFranceFrance
6SingaporeAustraliaIndiaAustralia
7FranceIndiaSingaporeSwitzerland
8IndiaJapanCanadaNetherlands
9JapanNetherlandsSwitzerlandIndia
10SwitzerlandSingaporeJapanJapan
11IsraelSwitzerlandNetherlandsSouth Africa
12CanadaBelgiumBrazilSingapore
13MalaysiaSouth AfricaBelgiumBrazil
14BelgiumBrazilSouth KoreaSpain
15South AfricaHong KongSouth AfricaHong Kong

Inbound in 2014 the United Kingdom and Germany again headed the rankings and together with China are the only countries to have been consistently in the top five for the last four years. Spain appeared for the first time in four years in position fourteen probably because of a dire economy and a near 25% unemployment rate.

Moving From The U.S. - Destination Country

Rank2011201220132014
1GermanyGermanyGermanyUnited Kingdom
2United KingdomUnited KingdomUnited KingdomGermany
3AustraliaAustraliaAustraliaJapan
4ChinaChinaChinaSingapore
5SwitzerlandSwitzerlandFranceSwitzerland
6IndiaFranceSwitzerlandAustralia
7FranceIndiaJapanChina
8SingaporeThe NetherlandsIndiaFrance
9NetherlandsSingaporeNetherlandsIndia
10BelgiumJapanSingaporeNetherlands
11JapanBrazilBrazilBrazil
12Hong KongChileUAEBelgium
13BrazilItalyItalyUAE
14ItalyUAEHong KongHong Kong
15IrelandHong KongMalaysiaItaly

Outbound in 2014 the United Kingdom and Germany occupied the top two rankings as in previous years but this time the positions were reversed with the UK at number one. This is probably due to the increase in the UK GDP of 2.6% during 2014 compared with only 1.5% in Germany. In the Asia Pacific region China dropped three places but Japan was up four and Singapore was up six. Belgium appeared for the first time in four years at twelve in the rankings.

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