The US’s non-citizen population declined from March to July, dipping to the lowest level of the past two decades in June before rising in July. Excluding short-term visitors, foreign nationals made up about 6.8% of the US population at the beginning of the year. It stood at about 6.2% in July. Foreign students, temporary workers, and US green card holders who left the country or couldn’t get in account for the losses.
Japan lost about 410,000 foreigners in the country between February and May, the latest population estimates show. That’s about 17% of Japan’s foreign population. The last time such a large number of foreigners left Japan was around March 2011, following the Fukushima disaster. A 9.0-magnitude earthquake, and subsequent tsunami and a nuclear disaster caused over 20,000 deaths and displaced hundreds of thousands.
Japan enacted an extensive entry ban for foreign nationals in March. It kept non-citizens traveling from over 100 countries out of the country. Foreigners are about 2% of Japan’s population.
The city government of Guangzhou disclosed in a press conference in early April that there were about 31,000 foreigners living there, down from a population of over 86,000 in December 2019. Guangzhou is China’s third largest city with the size of foreign population just following Shanghai and Beijing. Typically, the Chinese government only publishes data on its foreign population annually.
The UK entered a nationwide lockdown on March 23. Passengers arriving by air dropped almost to zero in April (link in PDF). While Brits continued to fly into the UK, travel restrictions affected foreigners more. In March and April, the share of foreign nationals arriving by air was 42%, down from 48% the year before.
Fewer foreigners in the UK received visa extensions in April 2020 than the year prior. That suggests foreigners who were already on visas for work, study, family or other reasons are leaving. The government says the combined effect of travel restrictions and changes to remote work caused the drop.
Canada typically sees a seasonal increase of new foreigners from the fourth quarter to the first. That’s not the case this year.
There’s been a decline of temporary visitors, who come to Canada for religious purposes, to work, or to study.
In Canada, 6.6% of the population are foreigners. During pandemic fewer applied for permanent residency.
In Germany, where about 13% of the population are foreign nationals, officials reported a decrease in net migration to the country in March and April. Entries were about 34% lower than the same period of last year (link in German).