A net inflow of migrants helped push the population of the European Union close to half a billion people in 2008.
Despite the global financial crisis, Australia expects only modest cuts in next years migrant intake program which is currently at an all time high level.
On 12 December 2008, Switzerland became the 25th member of the Schengen zone.
According to new rules which came into effect on 27 November 2008, the minimum age at which a spouse can join their migrant partner in the UK has been raised from 18 to 21 for both parties.
The US Citizenship and Immigration Services is opening four new immigration facilities in South Florida to replace the one that it currently operates.