Economic migrant

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
See also: Migrant worker

The term economic migrant refers to someone who has emigrated from one region to another region for the purposes of seeking employment or improved financial position.[1][2] An economic migrant is distinct from someone who is a refugee fleeing persecution.[2]


Many countries have immigration and visa restrictions that prohibit a person entering the country for the purposes of gaining work without a valid work visa. Persons who are declared an economic migrant can be refused entry into a try. Thus, the migrant's presence is deemed illegal.

The World Bank estimates that remittances totaled $420 billion in 2009, of which $317 billion went to developing countries.[3]

See also[edit]