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March 28, 2006


jj mollo

The US looks like a grape about to burst. France and Germany look a little swollen as well. I'm having trouble figuring out some of the others. Either Chile or Argentina is a net immigration site. What is the light green blob south of Japan? Could that be Hong Kong?

Frank Warner

That southeast Asian blob apparently is Singapore and Hong Kong.

According to 2002 figures, Hong Kong's net immigration rate, relative to population, is more than twice the U.S. rate.

Singapore's net immigration is more than 7 times the U.S. rate.

I'm not sure what the Latin American blip is.

By the way, the net immigration rates of Canada, Australia and Germany are higher than the U.S. rate. Again, that's relative to population.



I was wondering if you knew how this map had been constructed (using what data etc.) as I couldn't find anything on the website.


Frank Warner

I had the same trouble with the Web site. It appears it still is compiling its data.

I found the 2002 data on net immigration elsewhere. It seems that, with that year's data, the map should show a bigger Canada and a smaller France.

We'll just have to wait for more facts.

jj mollo

I tried to get the data too. They claim to have the data available on spreadsheets only for the first 12 maps, which are called basic maps involving population estimates for particular points in time. It looks like a very ambitious effort involving over 100 planned maps, e.g. net tourism profits.

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