International migration policies and data

Monitoring migration


If the recent economic crisis caused a decline in labour migration and in migration occurring within free movement areas, most OECD countries are now receiving an historical high number of asylum applications.

Since 1977, the OECD analyses recent developments in migration movements in OECD countries, and more recently in non-OECD countries. Its analyses are based on a network of experts from OECD countries and two networks established in partnership with other organisations or institutions in the case of non-OECD countries.


Key publication on monitoring migration


International Migration Outlook 2016

The 2016 edition of the International Migration Outlook analyses recent developments in migration movements and policies in OECD countries and selected non-OECD countries, and looks at the evolution of the labour market outcomes of recent immigrants in OECD countries. The report includes two special chapters: “The economic impact of migration: Why the local level matters” and "International migration following environmental and geopolitical shocks: How can OECD countries respond?", as well as country notes and a statistical annex.


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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