International migration policies and data

Monitoring migration


Key publication on monitoring migration

International Migration Outlook 2017

The 2017 International Migration Outlook shows that permanent migration flows to the OECD countries have been on the rise, with around 5 million people migrating permanently to OECD countries in 2016, as compared to 4.7 million entries in 2015. This was the third year of increase in a row. Humanitarian migration was the main driver behind this rise.

This year’s Outlook includes a special focus on family migration, which it says should become an urgent priority for governments. More than 1.6 million family migrants received a residence permit in the OECD area in 2015, representing almost 40% of the total permanent migration inflow. Governments face challenges trying to set rules and conditions for family migration and design the right programmes. The right to family life has to be balanced with the need to ensure that family ties are legitimate and that the family has the means to settle in the new country.

Data on monitoring migration

Provides tables with recent annual series on migration flows and stocks and acquisition of nationality by gender and country of birth or citizenship in OECD countries.

Provides comprehensive and comparative information on a broad range of demographic and labour market characteristics of immigrants living in OECD countries. A version including non-OECD destinations (DIOC extended) is also available. The data are based on population censuses in the destination countries.


Joint ADBI-OECD-ILO publications on labour migration in Asia:




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