3.3 million Peruvians left the country in the last three decades and have not returned

13:12 | Lima, Aug. 9.

More than 3,309,635 Peruvians —meaning 10% of the total population— left the country between 1990 and 2020 and have not returned, the National Institute of Statistics and Informatics (INEI) reported.

Out of that total, 51.9% are women and 48.1% are men, according to the publication "Peru: Statistics of International Migration of Peruvians and Immigration of Foreigners." 

To prepare the publication, the INEI used data from the National Superintendence of Migration and other institutions. Additionally, its preparation was supported by the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

45.8% of Peruvians who left the country without return were between 20 and 39 years old, while 64% were single (more women than men).

Where do they live?

According to the INEI, as of 2021, 64.8% of Peruvians living abroad reside in a country in the Americas: 32.7% live in North America, 31.1% in South America, and 1.0% in Central America. 

Meanwhile, 30.5% of Peruvian migrants live in Europe, 4.1% in Asia, and 0.7% are believed to reside in Oceania or in an African country.

Sorted by the country of residence, most Peruvians live in the United States (30.2%), followed by Spain (15.4%), Argentina (13.6%), Chile (11.8%), Italy (10.2%), Japan (3.7%), and Canada (1.9%), which together make up 86.8% of Peruvian migrants, while 13.2% live in other countries.

Additionally, Buenos Aires is the city that hosts the majority of Peruvian immigrants (10.0%).


Published: 8/9/2022
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