The national capital seems to be a dream destination for many from neighbouring states with official statistics indicating that the number of migrants may soon outnumber the "original" Delhiites.
According to the Economic Survey of Delhi 2007-08, influx of population from the states like Uttar Pardesh, Bihar, Haryana has been estimated at 2.33 lakh whereas growth due to natural increase is comparatively less at 2.24 lakh in 2006.
Population due to natural increase has gone down from 2.30 lakh in 2005 to 2.24 lakh in 2006 while the migrated population has increased over the same period from 2.09 lakh to significant 2.33 lakh.
"The estimates of migration in Delhi are based on birth and death rates and total increase in population. It is revealed from the estimates that percentage of migration was 47.61 per cent in 2005 whereas percentage of natural growth was 52.39 per cent," the survey says.
During 2006, Delhi's total population was 1.62 crore against 1.57 crore in the previous year.
Quoting the figures available from Registrar General of India (RGI) for the 2001 census, the survey says the total population of Delhi at 1.38 crore comprised of 82 lakh people from within Delhi and 53.18 lakh migrated population from various states.