The map above shows the percentage of each country’s population that has some claim to European ancestry. Taken together, it could be argued that Europeans are the world’s largest diaspora, with an estimated population of over 480 million people.
However, just what constitutes European ancestry is highly controversial.
The map excludes Turks and Azerbaijanis from being Europeans, but includes Georgians and Armenians. While this may be because the former are Muslim and the latter are Christians this is not wholly satisfying due to the fact that Balkan Muslims are considered European.
Nagihuin, who created the map, got the figures for each country used the European Diaspora Wikipedia page and the following sources:
USA census. Russian census by oblast, autonomous provinces and other subnational entities linked in the Russian Wikipedia. Ethnic census in Central Asia, Australia states/territories, Latin American and Southern African countries quoted in articles in Wikipedia. Non-european immigrants population recounts in Europe in different articles.
Therefore, based on most national censuses, many mixed race people would also be excluded from the map above and the data below.
If we take the controversial definition the map uses, the European descended diaspora population by country is as follows:
- United States – 223,553,265
- Brazil – 91,051,646
- Argentina – 38,900,000
- Canada – 25,186,890
- Australia – 20,982,665
- Mexico – 20,100,000+
- Colombia – 17,519,500
- Venezuela – 13,169,949
- Cuba – 7,160,399
- South Africa – 4,472,100
- Chile – 3,5M+
- Costa Rica – 3,500,000
- New Zealand – 3,381,076
- Puerto Rico – 3,064,862
- Uruguay – 2,851,095
- Dominican Republic – 2,000,000+
- Bolivia – 2,000,000+
- Peru – 1,4M-4,4M+
- Ecuador – 1,400,000+
- Paraguay – 1,300,000+
- Nicaragua – 1,000,000+
To learn more about the subject of European migration, ancestry and diaspora, consider the following books:
- Peoples and Empires: A Short History of European Migration, Exploration, and Conquest, from Greece to the Present
- Coming to America: A History of Immigration and Ethnicity in American Life
- Human Geography: People, Place, and Culture
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