Country Profiles

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  • Europe
    • Albania
    • Austria
    • Belgium
    • Bosnia and Herzegovina
    • Cyprus
    • Hungary
    • Ukraine
  • Middle East
    • Iraq
    • Lebanon
  • Asia
    • Indonesia
    • Myanmar
    • Thailand
    • Syria
    • Georgia

Migration is a vast and varied phenomenon. The Church does its best to respond in a specific way to the unique circumstances of migration in different times and locations.

The purpose of the country migratory profiles on this web site is to help local Churches and other Catholic stakeholders to plan their ministry in support of the human mobility in their midst. The Migrants and Refugees Section has enlisted experts to develop the country profiles. Each one provides data and information on national and international migration flows, the national legal framework, and the main stakeholders. The goal is to present objective, scientific facts in a streamlined format in order to be as useful as possible.

Please be aware that the information is as current as possible, but some might inevitably be dated. We recommend visiting these pages frequently to check for updates.

World Map
  • Europe
    • Albania
    • Austria
    • Belgium
    • Bosnia and Herzegovina
    • Cyprus
    • Hungary
    • Ukraine
  • Asia
    • Indonesia
    • Myanmar
    • Thailand
    • Syria
    • Georgia
  • Middle East
    • Iraq
    • Lebanon

Migration is a vast and varied phenomenon. The Church does its best to respond in a specific way to the unique circumstances of migration in different times and locations.

The purpose of the country migratory profiles on this web site is to help local Churches and other Catholic stakeholders to plan their ministry in support of the human mobility in their midst. The Migrants and Refugees Section has enlisted experts to develop the country profiles. Each one provides data and information on national and international migration flows, the national legal framework, and the main stakeholders. The goal is to present objective, scientific facts in a streamlined format in order to be as useful as possible.

Please be aware that the information is as current as possible, but some might inevitably be dated. We recommend visiting these pages frequently to check for updates.

Ukraine

Ukraine (603,600 sq. km) is a country with a long history and tradition located in Eastern Europe, divided into 24 Provinces and the capital Kyiv, which has special status. It is a middle-income country, with a significant output in agriculture and food products, as well as a strong industrial base.

Iraq

Iraq has experienced long periods of war throughout its short existence, and especially during the past few decades.

Lebanon

Situated between the Holy Land and Syria, Lebanon is riddled with deeply rooted political instability, and highly impacted by the devastating fiscal, economic, monetary, and sanitary crises.

Georgia

Georgia (69,700 sq km) is located in the Caucasus region of Eurasia and has a population of 3,716,900 (2020) that is mainly urbanized, with 58% of that population residing in the capital, Tbilisi. The major ethnic groups include: Georgian (86.6%), Azeri (6.3%), Armenian (4.5%), Russian and Yezidi (2.3%).

Syria

Syria has been experiencing a state of war involving a multitude of internal and external factors since 2011.

Hungary

The Republic of Hungary, a parliamentary republic, is a member of the European Union, NATO, OSCE and the Visegrád Group (V4), and has been a member of the Schengen Agreement since 2004. It has an area of 93,030 km2 and has a continental climate.

Cyprus

Cyprus is an island in the eastern Mediterranean to the south of the Anatolian peninsula. It is divided de facto into two parts: the Greek Orthodox-majority Republic of Cyprus (59% of the territory), and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (36%), with a Muslim population; there is a buffer zone between the two.

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina, formerly part of Yugoslavia (until 1992), is now a federal parliamentary republic in the Western Balkans, with a capital in Sarajevo and a population of 3.32 million (with a growth rate of -0.17%) in 2018.

Belgium

Belgium is a federal state, governed by a parliamentary monarchy. It is a member and one of the founding states of the European Union; Brussels, its capital city, hosts the headquarters of several Community institutions.

Austria

Austria is a federal parliamentary republic located in central Europe and one of the founding countries of the European Union. With a per capita GDP of USD 53,481.76 (of which 71% is the tertiary sector) and an HDI of 0.908, it ranks as one of the richest European countries.

Albania

Albania is a parliamentary republic located on the Balkan Peninsula. The country has been an official candidate for accession to the European Union since 2014 with negotiations initiated in March 2020.

Myanmar

Myanmar or Burma is the most multilingual and ethnically and religiously diverse country in South-East Asia. The population of 54,409,800 inhabitants (July 2020, est.) of this lower middle-income least developed country is composed of 135 ethnicities, while its five main religions are: Theravada Buddhism 89.2%, Christianity 5.0%, Islam 3.5%, Hinduism 0.5%, and Spiritualism 1.2%.

Thailand

The Kingdom of Thailand is the only Southeast Asian country which has never been colonized by a European power. The head of state is King Wachiralongkon while the head of Government is Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-ocha.

Indonesia

The Republic of Indonesia is now the world's fourth most populous democracy, with an estimated 262,787,403 people (July 2018), and the largest Muslim-majority nation. At 87.2%, Islam is the dominant religion while 7% are Protestant and 3.33% are Roman Catholic.