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Migration in figures

There are now more than 191 million migrants, more than ever before, according to the United Nations.

If all these people belonged to the same country it would have the fifth largest population on earth.

People leave their homes for many different reasons. They could be in search of a better job, lifestyle or education, or they could be struggling to escape poverty, famine or war.

To find out more on the issues surrounding migration use the links above.

BBC News is featuring a series of reports on migration, entitled World on the Move, to coincide with UN World Migrants Day.

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