Figures contained in the World Migration Report 2015 published by the International Organisation for Migration show that 62% of the people of Brussels are foreign born or of foreign descent, i. e. second and third generation immigrants. Dubai tops the list with 83%. Brussels is followed by Toronto, Canada (46%), Auckland, New Zealand (39%) and Sydney, Australia (39%).
The report also labels Brussels a 'global city', i. e. a city that plays a crucial role in the world economy thanks to its direct links to the international financial system and multinational companies. Typically, global cities attract many migrants with a fifth of the world's migrants living in the world's top twenty global cities.