Legal emigration to the US as a share of sending country population

Is South Africa hemorrhaging emigrants to the US at a higher rate than other countries? Not really. The 30 806 South Africans who obtained green cards 2004-13 represent 0.058% of South Africa’s current population based on World Bank figures. 143 of 192  countries surrendered a larger proportion of their populations to the US over that period. South Africa’s US-bound exodus was on par with that of Belgium (0.059%), Japan(0.055%), Austria (0.054%) and India (0.054%). Here’s the full list.

Country Current Population Number of citizens receiving green cards 2004-13 Green card recipients 2004-13 as percentage of current population
Guyana 799613 69,367 8.675
Jamaica 2715000 196,978 7.255
Grenada 105897 7,401 6.989
Bhutan 753947 36,211 4.803
Antigua and Barbuda 89985 4,128 4.587
Trinidad and Tobago 1341151 60,224 4.490
Dominica 72003 3,189 4.429
Dominican Republic 10403761 388,250 3.732
Tonga 105323 3,630 3.447
Cape Verde 498897 17,055 3.419
El Salvador 6340454 215,632 3.401
Cuba 11265629 354,985 3.151
Belize 331900 9,853 2.969
Barbados 284644 6,120 2.150
Haiti 10317461 219,495 2.127
Bahamas, The 377374 6,871 1.821
Albania 2773620 49,202 1.774
Bermuda 65024 1,000 1.538
Fiji 881065 13,127 1.490
Mexico 122332399 1,578,154 1.290
Samoa 190372 2,387 1.254
Liberia 4294077 49,891 1.162
Armenia 2976566 33,485 1.125
Turks and Caicos Islands 33098 353 1.067
Guatemala 15468203 148,272 0.959
Bosnia and Herzegovina 3829307 36,312 0.948
Honduras 8097688 69,650 0.860
Marshall Islands 52634 439 0.834
Lebanon 4467390 36,979 0.828
Cayman Islands 58435 443 0.758
Ecuador 15737878 116,290 0.739
Somalia 10495583 67,583 0.644
Moldova 3559000 22,137 0.622
Philippines 98393574 606,810 0.617
Jordan 6459000 39,383 0.610
Israel 8059400 48,307 0.599
Nicaragua 6080478 35,986 0.592
Colombia 48321405 265,908 0.550
Palau 20918 106 0.507
Peru 30375603 152,512 0.502
Macedonia, FYR 2107158 10,466 0.497
Bulgaria 7265115 35,305 0.486
Lithuania 2956121 13,878 0.469
Korea, Rep. 50219669 234,707 0.467
Costa Rica 4872166 22,589 0.464
Gambia, The 1849285 8,451 0.457
Canada 35158304 154,639 0.440
Aruba 102911 440 0.428
Panama 3864170 16,475 0.426
Hong Kong SAR, China 7187500 29,531 0.411
Suriname 539276 2,199 0.408
Uruguay 3407062 13,859 0.407
Sierra Leone 6092075 22,715 0.373
Iceland 323002 1,170 0.362
Ireland 4595281 16,148 0.351
Vietnam 89708900 304,615 0.340
Georgia 4476900 14,825 0.331
Venezuela, RB 30405207 98,117 0.323
Ghana 25904598 82,485 0.318
Kuwait 3368572 10,709 0.318
Iraq 33417476 103,487 0.310
Macao SAR, China 566375 1,554 0.274
Latvia 2013385 5,453 0.271
Poland 38530725 101,427 0.263
Ukraine 45489600 119,682 0.263
Congo, Rep. 4447632 11,678 0.263
Eritrea 6333135 15,882 0.251
Romania 19963581 49,859 0.250
Belarus 9466000 23,600 0.249
Togo 6816982 16,272 0.239
Cambodia 15135169 35,906 0.237
Lao PDR 6769727 15,770 0.233
Nepal 27797457 63,487 0.228
Bolivia 10671200 24,298 0.228
United Kingdom 64097085 145,925 0.228
Estonia 1324612 3,009 0.227
New Zealand 4470800 9,868 0.221
Mongolia 2839073 5,857 0.206
American Samoa 55165 113 0.205
Iran, Islamic Rep. 77447168 135,916 0.175
Monaco 37831 66 0.174
Croatia 4252700 7,064 0.166
Singapore 5399200 8,917 0.165
Myanmar 53259018 87,581 0.164
Kenya 44353691 71,718 0.162
Cameroon 22253959 32,950 0.148
Uzbekistan 30241100 44,338 0.147
Kosovo 1824000 2,646 0.145
Malta 423282 608 0.144
Seychelles 89173 125 0.140
Ethiopia 94100756 131,874 0.140
Montenegro 621383 854 0.137
Morocco 33008150 44,277 0.134
Slovak Republic 5414095 7,165 0.132
Argentina 41446246 53,594 0.129
Mauritania 3889880 4,909 0.126
Hungary 9897247 12,422 0.126
Thailand 67010502 83,792 0.125
Yemen, Rep. 24407381 29,940 0.123
Cyprus 1141166 1,395 0.122
Sweden 9592552 11,615 0.121
Syrian Arab Republic 22845550 27,193 0.119
Chile 17619708 20,741 0.118
Australia 23130900 26,678 0.115
Azerbaijan 9416598 10,743 0.114
Guinea 11745189 12,608 0.107
Egypt, Arab Rep. 82056378 86,788 0.106
Kyrgyz Republic 5719500 6,032 0.105
Denmark 5613706 5,543 0.099
Switzerland 8081482 7,775 0.096
Sri Lanka 20483000 19,221 0.094
Kazakhstan 17037508 15,958 0.094
Portugal 10459806 9,645 0.092
Micronesia, Fed. Sts. 103549 95 0.092
Bahrain 1332171 1,195 0.090
Germany 80621788 71,912 0.089
Pakistan 182142594 160,991 0.088
Sudan 37964306 33,492 0.088
Senegal 14133280 12,410 0.088
Greece 11032328 9,521 0.086
Bangladesh 156594962 133,000 0.085
Afghanistan 30551674 25,512 0.084
United Arab Emirates 9346129 7,802 0.083
Netherlands 16804224 13,515 0.080
French Polynesia 276831 219 0.079
Russian Federation 143499861 112,367 0.078
Finland 5439407 4,094 0.075
Qatar 2168673 1,621 0.075
Malaysia 29716965 22,077 0.074
Paraguay 6802295 5,001 0.074
Cote d’Ivoire 20316086 14,829 0.073
Nigeria 173615345 126,221 0.073
Gabon 1671711 1,215 0.073
Norway 5084190 3,693 0.073
Mauritius 1296303 898 0.069
Zimbabwe 14149648 9,721 0.069
Brazil 200361925 132,807 0.066
France 66028467 41,398 0.063
Brunei Darussalam 417784 257 0.062
China 1357380000 821,349 0.061
Djibouti 872932 526 0.060
Turkey 74932641 44,175 0.059
Belgium 11195138 6,587 0.059
South Africa 52981991 30,806 0.058
Japan 127338621 70,400 0.055
Austria 8473786 4,586 0.054
India 1252139596 675,276 0.054
Luxembourg 543202 278 0.051
Kiribati 102351 51 0.050
Burundi 10162532 4,852 0.048
Libya 6201521 2,849 0.046
Italy 59831093 27,257 0.046
Saudi Arabia 28828870 12,906 0.045
Sao Tome and Principe 192993 85 0.044
Slovenia 2060484 882 0.043
Turkmenistan 5240072 2,211 0.042
Tunisia 10886500 4,430 0.041
Rwanda 11776522 4,769 0.040
Zambia 14538640 5,851 0.040
Spain 46647421 18,062 0.039
Czech Republic 10521468 3,783 0.036
Tajikistan 8207834 2,923 0.036
Benin 10323474 3,334 0.032
Mali 15301650 4,917 0.032
Uganda 37578876 11,625 0.031
Algeria 39208194 12,057 0.031
Botswana 2021144 561 0.028
Serbia 7163976 1,834 0.026
Tanzania 49253126 12,598 0.026
Oman 3632444 895 0.025
Congo, Dem. Rep. 67513677 16,376 0.024
Namibia 2303315 534 0.023
Equatorial Guinea 757014 151 0.020
New Caledonia 262000 52 0.020
Central African Republic 4616417 903 0.020
Burkina Faso 16934839 3,297 0.019
Guinea-Bissau 1704255 267 0.016
Swaziland 1249514 195 0.016
Indonesia 249865631 33,434 0.013
Malawi 16362567 1,403 0.009
Lesotho 2074465 173 0.008
Angola 21471618 1,786 0.008
Chad 12825314 956 0.007
Solomon Islands 561231 40 0.007
Comoros 734917 45 0.006
Niger 17831270 968 0.005
Papua New Guinea 7321262 256 0.003
Madagascar 22924851 724 0.003
Mozambique 25833752 687 0.003
Korea, Dem. Rep. 24895480 235 0.001
United States 316128839 2,209 0.001
South Sudan 11296173 76 0.001
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