Expats: Luxembourg has the 5th highest proportion, among wealthier countries, of native born citizens who reside abroad.
Out of all OECD countries, Ireland has the highest percentage of its native-born population living overseas. Even though Ireland has started recovering from the devastating impact of the financial crisis, emigration remains high with 35,300 people leaving in the 12 months to April 2015. This was a 13 percent drop on the previous year where 40,700 Irish people moved overseas. An OECD analysis has shown that one in six Irish-born people now live abroad.
New Zealand and Portugal also have high percentages of their native-born populations living abroad at 14 percent each. Mexico (12.2 percent), Luxembourg (12.1 percent) and Iceland (11.7 percent) complete the top five.
Unsurprisingly, countries with larger populations including Brazil, Japan, the United States and China are among the countries with the fewest nationals living abroad.