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 2015: publication coverpage

International Migration Outlook 2015

This OECD flagship publication on migration provides an analysis of recent developments in international movements and policies and in the recent labour market trends and the integration policies in OECD countries. It stresses that most migration to Europe and the OECD still occurs through legal channels, outside of the asylum system. For 2014, it estimates about 4.3 million permanent entries to OECD countries, up 6% from 2013 (less than one fourth is free mobility within EU). The publication also includes an analytical chapter on the changing patterns in the international migration of doctors and nurses to OECD countries. In 2014, about 2.7 million doctors in the OECD were foreign-trained, accounting for more than one in four doctors in the United Kingdom and the United States and more than one in three or more in Ireland, Israel, New Zealand and Norway. A third of all doctors originating from low-income countries is an expatriate in an OECD 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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