The European Diaspora: European Ancestry Worldwide

The European Diaspora: European Ancestry Worldwide, by Nagihuin via Wikimedia
The European Diaspora: European Ancestry Worldwide, by Nagihuin via Wikimedia

One of the many ironies of the anti-immigrant sentiment in Europe today is that it fails to acknowledge Europe’s own history of emigration. This map 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+


  1. I have another problem with this map: it looks as though non-white people with European ancestry were excluded. Look, for example, at Surinam. Most people have some Dutch, Portuguese or English ancestors, but according to the map there’s no European ancestry here. Same goes for many other former colonies in Africa and Asia.


    • “Same goes for many other former colonies in Africa and Asia.”

      Wrong. The “white” genetic impact has only been significant on sparse or pre-bronze age societes. The Americas, Oceania, Siberia, the Khoisan of South Africa.

      You’re unwittingly repeating an oft-cited White Supremacist talking point, which is that all colonized peoples are “racially mixed” and part White. This is false.

      Autosomal profiles of the Old World are unchanged, with very few exceptions.


      • One such exception is the Philippines, where there’s a meager 0.5% introduction of Iberian ancestry. But even this tiny impact in the Philippines was an exception, because it was an island, colonized by Spain in the 1500s (mainland Asian nations were colonized much later, in the mid 1800s, giving even less time for genes to spread, and a less advantageous spatial format.)

        Additionally, the very idea of “European ancestry” is anti-reality.
        On average, Europeans derive about half of their ancestry from the non-European Middle East, by way of Anatolian farmers and the Aryan invasion. Many so-called “Europeans”, particularly in the south, are more Middle Eastern than they are European.

        Lastly, Argentina is nowhere near 100% European (or rather 100% “white” or “modern euro”), no matter how hard they lie about it: Argentinians average at least 30% Native American ancestry.


  2. The choices this map is based on are indeed a bit random. But I don’t think including Azeri’s would have changed much in the overall picture. Its an interesting illustration that opens opportunities for a further debate.


    • Armenians/Azeris are not European, they are Caucasian–which both geographically and genetically part of the Middle East.

      Modern Europeans are falsely called “Caucasian” due to their mixed ancestry.


      • Armenians originate from the Armenian Highlands, which is a distinct geo-cultural region, where Armenians had lived and constituted a clear majority for millennia. Labelling Armenians as Caucasians started only in the 20th century, after the Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Empire, when over 1.5 Million Armenians were massacred and the entire the Western Armenia was occupied by the internationally unrecognised Turkish Republic amidst the First World War.


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