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Atlas of Migration

An interactive tool and reference book making data on migration in 198 countries accessible for policymakers, researchers and the general public.


A tool to guide policymakers and the general public through the complexities of international migration.

An online tool and reference book making data on migration in 198 countries accessible for policymakers, researchers and the general public.

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Migration remains a top concern for EU citizens. By making global migration data easy to access and use, the Atlas of Migration 2021 addresses one of the priorities of the new European Commission for the decades to come. 

The Atlas of Migration brings together harmonized, up-to-date and validated data on the status of migration and demography in 27 EU Member States and 171 non-EU countries and territories.

The interactive online tool is underpinned by a continuously updated data repository and presented on a dynamic platform. It shows the latest available data, through charts which are interactive so users can make and print country/territory profiles that are shaped to their needs.

The reference book presents the available data on a range of migration-related fields in a format that is easy to access and to understand. This provides a snapshot of migration around the world at a particular moment in time. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to reshape societies and economies around the world, the Atlas of Migration provides an essential resource to start understanding its implications for migration and mobility in the EU and worldwide. The third section focuses closely on the relationship between the pandemic and migration, providing some new insights and food for thought on what lies ahead.

Key Features

  • Worldwide coverage of data for 198 countries and territories: EU member states and 171 non-EU countries and territories
  • Overviews for the five continents, the European Union as aggregate and 18 subcontinental regions complementing country factsheets within their regional contest.
  • Brings together harmonised, validated global data from 15 international sources
  • Contains data on 60 different indicators related to demography, migration, asylum, integration and development
  • For EU member states, covers 26 indicators including demography, migration, asylum applications and outcomes, residence permits, Schengen Visas, naturalisation and indicators on integration
  • For non-EU Countries and Territories, covers 34 indicators on demography, migration, asylum, international legal frameworks, drivers of migration such as social conditions, political context, education and labour market and some implications of migration, such as remittances, compared with other financial inflows.

Citation and contributors

Tarchi, D., Sermi, F., Kalantaryan, S., Mcmahon, S., Kaslama, P., Alvarez Alvarez, M. and Belmonte, M., Atlas of Migration - 2021, Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg, 2021, ISBN 978-92-76-45980-4, JRC127608.

Graphical Design Davide BONGIARDO (Piksel S.r.l.)
Technical Support

Luca CARROZZA (Engineering Ingegneria Informatica S.p.A.)

Igor CRESPI (GFT Italia S.r.l.)

Antonella DARA (Engineering Ingegneria Informatica S.p.A.)

Valerio PISAPIA (Engineering Ingegneria Informatica S.p.A.)


We Thank
Peter BOSCH1, Dan CHIRONDOJAN1, Dessislava CHOUMELOVA6, Laura CORRADO2, Valerie ENJOLRAS1, Francesca FABBRI4, Marion FLEUTH-LEFERINK4, Piotr JUCHNO5, Charlotte KASTO2, Luca LIXI6, Jan LOESCHNER1, Francesco LUCIANI3, Michael PALMER2, Stephen QUEST1, Sabina SIROKOVSKA2, Iacopo VICIANI3, and all the members of the Steering Group of the KCMD for comments, advice or reviews. 
Nina KAJANDER1, Serena BOCCARDO1, and Sofia PEREIRA SA1, for communication and outreach support. 
1 European Commission - Joint Research Centre (JRC)
2 European Commission - Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs (HOME)
3 European Commission - Directorate-General for International Partnerships (INTPA)
4 European Commission - Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (NEAR)
5 European Commission - Directorate-General Statistical Office of the European Union (Eurostat) 
6 European External Action Service (EEAS)


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