As the global recession marched through its second year, its effects on migration flows, employment and remittances rated as the most noteworthy issue of 2009 in the fifth annual ranking of the world's top migration developments by the Migration Information Source.
The list, determined with input from experts in the migration field, examines a range of interesting migration developments around the world, including:
Malaysia reduced the number of foreign workers in the country by 200,000 over a two-month period.
Brazil's offer of legalization for an estimated 200,000 Bolivian migrants.
Italy's enactment of legislation making illegal immigration a criminal offense.
Australia confronting a new wave of asylum seekers coming by boat.
France shutting down "the jungle" in Calais and Greece bulldozing a migrant camp in Patras.
Canada bucking the trend, deciding not to cut admissions for permanent residence