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United States
27/02/2019
Annual Series
A.1 Foreign-born population, 2000-2016
(individuals)
Years Total Population Foreign-born
All foreign-born Born in Portugal
N Change in % N As a % of total population Change in % N As a % of total population As a % of all foreign-born Change in %
2016 318,377,746 0.8 46,810,430 14.7 1.7 148,208 0.0 0.3 -9.5
2015 315,801,625 0.8 46,030,921 14.6 3.1 163,768 0.1 0.4 22.2
2014 313,173,316 0.8 44,635,754 14.3 1.5 134,002 0.0 0.3 -15.2
2013 310,817,022 0.6 43,960,023 14.2 -0.2 158,002 0.1 0.4 -5.2
2012 308,827,259 0.9 44,056,641 14.3 4.6 166,582 0.1 0.4 -6.2
2011 306,109,661 0.6 42,109,468 13.8 5.4 177,561 0.1 0.4 -7.4
2010 304,279,926 0.9 39,937,022 13.1 2.6 191,803 0.1 0.5 11.8
2009 301,482,827 0.8 38,947,597 12.9 -1.7 171,506 0.1 0.4 -21.2
2008 299,105,719 0.8 39,624,216 13.2 0.3 217,540 0.1 0.6 -18.4
2007 296,824,002 1.0 39,524,899 13.3 4.3 266,612 0.1 0.7 37.7
2006 293,834,358 0.9 37,910,218 12.9 1.4 193,621 0.1 0.5 7.9
2005 291,166,198 .. 37,408,445 12.8 -2.2 179,463 0.1 0.5 -4.7
2004 .. .. 38,234,138 .. 2.9 188,277 .. 0.5 -0.3
2003 .. .. 37,174,627 .. 3.3 188,874 .. 0.5 -1.0
2002 .. .. 35,978,543 .. 8.7 190,736 .. 0.5 -9.3
2001 .. .. 33,107,273 .. 9.4 210,269 .. 0.6 -3.8
2000 281,982,778 .. 30,268,247 10.7 .. 218,646 0.1 0.7 ..
Last annual update: 17/04/2018
Note Some differences in the annual values of those born in Portugal and those born abroad may be due to the fact that the collection of information is done through sample processes. In some years there may be almost no change, which we think is due to the same reason. The value of Portuguese nationals refers only to persons born abroad with Portuguese nationality residing in the US.
Some differences in the annual values of those born in Portugal and those born abroad may be due to the fact that the collection of information is done through sample processes. In some years there may be almost no change, which we think is due to the same reason.
The value of Portuguese nationals refers only to persons born abroad with Portuguese nationality to reside in the .

Source Table by Observatório da Emigração [Emigration Observatory], data from For the data relating country of birth see US Census BureauCurrent Population Survey – Annual Social and Economic (ASEC) Supplement (also known as "March Supplement"), 2008 to 2014 (query performed using the tool "Data Ferrett" in 22/07/2015). For values related to nationality see U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, Fact Finder, Place of Birth by Year of Entry by Citizenship Status for the Foreign-Born Population, 2012; United Nations Statistics Division (estimates).
A.2 Foreign population, 2000-2016
(individuals)
Years Total population Foreigners
All foreigners Foreigners with Portuguese citizenship
N Change in % N As a % of total population Change in % N As a % of total population As a % of all foreigners Change in %
2016 318,377,746 0.8 .. .. .. .. .. .. ..
2015 315,801,625 0.8 .. .. .. .. .. .. ..
2014 313,173,316 0.8 .. .. .. .. .. .. ..
2013 310,817,022 0.6 21,906,231 7.0 -0.6 .. .. .. ..
2012 308,827,259 0.9 22,041,983 7.1 2.9 54,669 0.0 0.1 ..
2011 306,109,661 0.6 21,424,445 7.0 -0.7 .. .. .. ..
2010 304,279,926 0.9 21,581,279 7.1 1.4 .. .. .. ..
2009 301,482,827 0.8 21,274,288 7.1 -4.2 .. .. .. ..
2008 299,105,719 0.8 22,213,852 7.4 -2.3 .. .. .. ..
2007 296,824,002 1.0 22,741,149 7.7 4.4 .. .. .. ..
2006 293,834,358 0.9 21,775,423 7.4 0.3 .. .. .. ..
2005 291,166,198 .. 21,707,120 7.5 .. .. .. .. ..
2004 .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..
2003 .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..
2002 .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..
2001 .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..
2000 281,982,778 .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..
Last annual update:17/04/2018
Note Some differences in the annual values of those born in Portugal and those born abroad may be due to the fact that the collection of information is done through sample processes. In some years there may be almost no change, which we think is due to the same reason. The value of Portuguese nationals refers only to persons born abroad with Portuguese nationality residing in the US.
Some differences in the annual values of those born in Portugal and those born abroad may be due to the fact that the collection of information is done through sample processes. In some years there may be almost no change, which we think is due to the same reason.
The value of Portuguese nationals refers only to persons born abroad with Portuguese nationality to reside in the .

Source Table by Observatório da Emigração [Emigration Observatory], data from For the data relating country of birth see US Census BureauCurrent Population Survey – Annual Social and Economic (ASEC) Supplement (also known as "March Supplement"), 2008 to 2014 (query performed using the tool "Data Ferrett" in 22/07/2015). For values related to nationality see U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, Fact Finder, Place of Birth by Year of Entry by Citizenship Status for the Foreign-Born Population, 2012; United Nations Statistics Division (estimates).
A.3 Consular registrations, 2008-2017
(individuals)
Years All registrations Registrations by migrants born in Portugal Registrations by migrants with Portuguese citizenship
N Change in % N As a % of all registrations Change in % N As a % of all registrations Change in %
2017 201,227 -36.3 .. .. .. .. .. ..
2016 315,808 62.2 .. .. .. .. .. ..
2015 194,728 -2.7 .. .. .. .. .. ..
2014 200,070 0.6 .. .. .. .. .. ..
2013 198,781 1.9 .. .. .. .. .. ..
2012 195,164 1.7 168,484 86.3 0.8 151,116 77.4 2.0
2011 191,987 1.0 167,173 87.1 -0.1 148,106 77.2 -20.9
2010 190,199 2.3 167,395 88.0 1.5 187,143 98.4 2.4
2009 185,860 3.9 164,989 88.8 1.3 182,828 98.4 3.7
2008 178,865 .. 162,898 91.1 .. 176,323 98.6 ..
Last annual update: 02/10/2018
Source Table by Observatório da Emigração [Emigration Observatory], data from Portuguese consulates abroad and Consular Management System (DGACCP), values grantes upon request.
A.4 Foreign inflows, 2000-2017
(individuals)
Years Total inflows Portuguese inflows
N Change in % N As a % of total population Change in %
2017 1,127,167 -4.8 939 0.1 -6.7
2016 1,183,505 12.6 1,006 0.1 17.4
2015 1,051,031 3.4 857 0.1 -3.9
2014 1,016,518 2.6 892 0.1 -2.8
2013 990,553 -4.0 918 0.1 13.2
2012 1,031,631 -2.9 811 0.1 -1.2
2011 1,062,040 1.9 821 0.1 8.8
2010 1,042,625 -7.8 755 0.1 -20.2
2009 1,130,818 2.1 946 0.1 22.5
2008 1,107,126 5.2 772 0.1 -24.2
2007 1,052,415 -16.9 1,019 0.1 -27.7
2006 1,266,129 12.8 1,409 0.1 25.2
2005 1,122,257 17.2 1,125 0.1 5.2
2004 957,883 36.2 1,069 0.1 32.3
2003 703,542 -33.6 808 0.1 -38.5
2002 1,059,356 0.0 1,313 0.1 -18.4
2001 1,058,902 25.9 1,609 0.2 19.8
2000 841,002 .. 1,343 0.2 ..
Last annual update: 24/10/2018
Note The entries correspond to permanent residence permits (including changes in status), by country of birth, for the fiscal year ending 30 September of the (civil) year that was marked and started on 1 October of the previous year.
Source Table by Observatório da Emigração [Emigration Observatory], data from US Department of Homeland Security, Yearbook of Immigration Statistics: 2017, Table 3 - Persons Obtaining Lawful Permanent Resident Status by region and country of birth: fiscal years 2015 to 2017.
A.5 Acquisition of citizenship of the destination country, 2000-2017
(individuals)
Years Acquisition of citizenship by all foreigners Acquisition of citizenship by Portuguese
N Change in % N As a % of total population Change in %
2017 707,265 -6.1 1,807 0.3 8.5
2016 753,060 3.1 1,665 0.2 -1.5
2015 730,259 11.8 1,690 0.2 6.5
2014 653,416 -16.2 1,587 0.2 0.1
2013 779,929 3.0 1,585 0.2 -1.4
2012 757,434 9.1 1,607 0.2 12.7
2011 694,193 12.0 1,426 0.2 12.6
2010 619,913 -16.6 1,266 0.2 -40.9
2009 743,715 -28.9 2,143 0.3 -46.3
2008 1,046,539 58.5 3,988 0.4 59.1
2007 660,477 -6.0 2,506 0.4 -5.0
2006 702,589 16.3 2,638 0.4 9.8
2005 604,280 12.5 2,403 0.4 10.6
2004 537,151 16.0 2,173 0.4 6.7
2003 463,204 -19.3 2,037 0.4 -7.3
2002 573,708 -5.7 2,198 0.4 -20.9
2001 608,205 -31.6 2,780 0.5 -41.6
2000 888,788 .. 4,756 0.5 ..
Last annual update: 24/10/2018
Note The values presented in the table refer to fiscal years (from October 1 of the year prior to September 30 of the year indicated).
Source Table by Observatório da Emigração [Emigration Observatory], data from US Department of Homeland SecurityYearbook of Immigration Statistics: 2017, Table 21 - Persons Naturalized by Region and Country of Birth: Fiscal Years 2015 to 2017.
A.6 Remittances, 2000-2018
(euros, thousands)
Years Inward flows (thousand euros) (a) Outward flows (thousand euros) (b) Balance (a/b)
N Change in % N Change in %
2018 254,350 -3.1 8,040 -15.1 32
2017 262,560 8.0 9,470 -6.1 28
2016 243,170 15.7 10,080 8.6 24
2015 210,220 28.6 9,280 26.6 23
2014 163,450 16.5 7,330 2.7 22
2013 140,320 3.5 7,140 -15.7 20
2012 135,550 3.9 8,470 17.3 16
2011 130,420 0.3 7,220 20.3 18
2010 129,980 2.1 6,000 -0.5 22
2009 127,280 -25.8 6,030 -4.3 21
2008 171,460 -14.6 6,300 -18.2 27
2007 200,640 -10.0 7,700 -40.7 26
2006 223,000 2.1 12,980 -14.7 17
2005 218,370 -5.8 15,210 2.5 14
2004 231,900 -14.8 14,840 -1.7 16
2003 272,120 -26.9 15,100 -19.9 18
2002 372,450 -5.6 18,840 -30.1 20
2001 394,580 -11.0 26,940 6.2 15
2000 443,460 .. 25,370 .. 17
Last annual update: 27/02/2019
Source Table by Observatório da Emigração [Emigration Observatory], data from Banco de PortugalBP stat, Exploração multidimensional, Quadros predefinidos, Estatísticas de balança de pagamentos, Remessas de emigrantes/imigrantes.
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Notes
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Data

United Nations, DESA, Population Division: international migrant stock (the 2015 revision)

OECD: database on immigrants in OECD and non-OECD countries (DIOC)

OECD: international migration database

Highlights [+]

Portuguese emigration to the USA decreases in 2017

Portuguese inflow into the US grew 17% in 2016

Portuguese inflow in the US slightly declined for the second consecutive year

Interviews [+]

The regions of historical implantation of the Azoreans in the US
[As regiões de implantação histórica dos açorianos nos EUA]

The Participation of Portuguese emigrants in the elections
[A participação dos emigrantes portugueses nas eleições]

Broad comparative perspective of Portuguese migration

News and events [+]

Publications [+]

Portuguese Emigration. Statistical Report 2018
[Emigração Portuguesa. Relatório Estatístico 2018]

Portuguese Emigration Factbook 2017

Luso-descendants and cultural heritage
[Luso-descendentes e herança cultural]

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