Northern America

Migration in Northern America is dominated by migration into the region. Over 58.6 million migrants were residing in Northern America from a variety of regions in 2019. This number has increased by around 3 million since 2015, when around 55.6 million migrants were living in the region. The largest group was from Latin America and the Caribbean (26.6 million), followed by Asia (17.4 million) and Europe (7 million). During the last 30 years, the number of migrants in Northern America has more than doubled in size, driven by emigration from Latin American and the Caribbean, and Asia, as well as by economic growth and political stability in Northern America.

Latin America and the Caribbean

Migration to Northern America is a key feature in the Latin America and the Caribbean region. In 2019, over 26 million migrants had made the journey north and were residing in Northern America. The Latin American and the Caribbean population living in Northern America has increased considerably over time, from an estimated 10 million in 1990 and 25.5 million in 2015 to 26.6 million in 2019. Another 5 million were in Europe in 2019; while this number has only slightly increased since 2015, the number of migrants from Latin America and the Caribbean living in Europe has more than quadrupled since 1990. Other regions, such as Asia and Oceania, were home to a very small number of migrants from Latin America and the Caribbean in 2019 (400,000 and 200,000 migrants, respectively).

 

Regional Offices

Central and North America and the Caribbean

IOM Regional Office for Central and North America and the Caribbean
Edificio Sabana Business Center
Boulevard Ernesto Rohrmoser, San José
Costa Rica

Tel: +506 2212-5300
Email: ROSanJose@iom.int
Website

South America

IOM Regional Office for South America
Av. Santa Fe 1460, Piso 5
1060 Buenos Aires, Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires
Argentina

Tel: +5411 4815 5194
Email: ROBuenosaires@iom.int
Website