Migration levels fall in India from Bangladesh and Pakistan: UNDESA Reports


The latest reports by the United Nations have reported that the population of Bangladeshi migrants living in India has come down to 3.1 million in the current times. Since the beginning of the year 2000 this figure has come down by 800,000 the report states.

The year 2000 saw the number of Bangladeshi migrants in India at 3.9 million, which has now come down to 3.1 million in 2017. Moreover, the report also suggests that the number of migrants from different countries currently living in the Indian subcontinent was 5.2 million, which has also seen a fall by about 1.2 million since the inception of the 21st century.

The UN report takes into account the number of international migrants living in India, wherein the term has been defined and takes into account anyone who lives in the country which is different from their own country and the definition also includes refugees and other economic migrants, both of those who immigrate officially and those who migrate through other sources “unofficially”. The term was defined by the Migration Section of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA).

According to the UNDESA, the data in the report also suggested that there were approximately 4.375 million Bangladeshis living in India during the year 1990. Now, there are 35, 250 people from India who are currently living in Bangladesh, which has increased since the year 2000 by 12,439. Earlier the figure was 22,811.

The level of Pakistani migrants in India is still fewer in comparison to the people migrating from Bangladesh. In 2000, according to the report there were about 1.353 million people from Pakistan who migrated to India and currently the figure stands at 1.095 million, which has also seen a fall by about 258,000.

The number of migrants from India has also fallen considerably in Pakistan by about 288,000. While in 2000 the figure was 2.161 million, in 2017 it is 1.873 million.

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