THESE four maps showing where European immigrants come from and what their ratios are will shock Britons as they turn widely held beliefs on their head.
Based on a United Nations report from 2015, one of the four maps reveals the percentage of foreign-born people in countries across the European Union (EU) – and the results may surprise you.
The EU referendum campaign led many to believe Britain was one of the most popular destinations for migrants from within the bloc.
However, the UK does not even appear in the top five countries with the highest percentage of foreign-born people, the maps published by the World Economic Forum reveal.
Luxembourg tops the chart with 45.9 per cent of its population from other countries, while Switzerland comes in second with 29.6 percent, Sweden with 18.5 per cent and Austria has 17.4 percent of its population as non-native.
Estonia, which is not much talked about on the global stage, has 15.8 per cent of its percentage from other countries.
And Germany, which controversially welcomed 1.1million refugees last year, still only has 14.5 percent of its citizens from different countries.
The UK comes in seventh with 13.4 percent.
The number of foreign-born people as a percentage of the total population
Czech linguist, mathematician and artist, Jakub Marian, who put together the maps, also used EU asylum applications data from between January 2015 and June 2016.
He found Austria and Sweden were the only European countries to register an above one percent increase in their foreign-born populations as a percentage of the totals.Germany, whose Chancellor Angela Merkel has faced a backlash from the numbers of migrants entering last year, showed a less than one percent increase.
The second of the four maps reveals where the majority of immigrants in each EU country comes from, with Indians – not other Europeans – the highest proportion in Britain.Polish people represent the highest percentage of foreign-born population in Norway, for Austria and Switzerland, it is Germans.Most of the Republic of Ireland’s foreign-born population comes from the UK.France, Spain and Portugal’s main immigrants come from outside the EU, from Algeria, Morocco and Angola respectively.For Greece, its highest foreign-born population is from Albania, while Poland and the Czech Republic saw the most immigrants from the Ukraine.
Mr Marian’s third map reveals insightful data into how numbers have changed over the past five years in the wake of the migrant crisis prompted by the half a decade long Syrian civil war.The trends seen in the first map, which revealed the percentage of foreign-born people in each European country, are seen here as well.Luxembourg, Switzerland, Sweden, Austria and Norway, which showed the highest percentage of foreign-born people compared to overall population, also saw the highest increases in immigrant populations between 2010 and 2015.Britain and Finland follow closely behind while Spain, Italy, Greece and the Balkans were among those who saw a reduction.The countries with the largest migrant populations settling elsewhere were Poland, Serbia, Germany and Romania.The immigrant populations expanding the most in each country over the past five years
In most eastern European countries, Russia has provided the most immigrants.
Where do the majority of immigrants come from?
How that number has changed in the past five years
And the final map explores which countries have the most expanding immigrant populations by comparing the UN figures from 2010 to those of 2015.Some countries, such as Poland and Greece, showed a decrease in their immigrant populations as a percentage of their populations.
In around half of European countries the pattern remained more or less the same as the figures from 2015, seen in the second map, including Indians to the UK, British to Ireland and Poles to Norway.Differences in other countries included more Cubans to Spain instead of Morocco, fewer Russians moving to eastern European countries, and an increase in Syrians as a percentage of the population of Sweden.However, these figures, especially where declines are shown, could also be the result of a general fall in the population as a whole.