The Middle East has seen a sharp rise in migration since the outbreak of the conflict in Syria in 2011, with the number of foreign-born citizens in the region reaching an all-time high of 8.2 million, according to a new study.
The number of Arab immigrants in the world hit a new record high of 1.3 million in 2016, according the Pew Research Center, making the region the third-largest emigrant region in the Western world after Europe and North America.
The Middle East’s new arrivals are largely migrants, but also foreign-educated professionals who have been given residency status by governments to settle in the country.
These workers, in turn, have been coming to the region in droves, with an estimated 9 million of them moving to the Middle Eastern region in 2016.
The report estimates that Arab immigrants make up almost one-fifth of all migrants in the Gulf region, which borders Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman.
It also notes that more than half of these migrants are foreign-trained professionals.
The region is also home to a substantial number of Syrian refugees, who have poured into the region from across the globe in the last few years.
This is particularly true in the past few years, as Syrians have become the second largest group of migrants in Europe after Germans.
Many refugees, in fact, have arrived in the United States, and are being sent back to their homes after the war in Syria has been officially ended.
In 2016, there were over 2.7 million Syrian refugees in the U.S., according to the UNHCR, which has said that the United Nations will welcome up to 40,000 new refugees each year until 2020.
The rise of the Arab immigrant has sparked debate on how to handle the influx, with some countries, including France and the United Kingdom, attempting to stem the flow by closing borders and making them more welcoming.