The OECD monitors developments in migration movements and policies in OECD countries and analyses integration policies of immigrants and their children into education and labour markets.

OECD Migration Insights 2017

The ‌International Migration Outlook 2017 analyses recent developments in migration movements, including the refugee crisis, and policies in OECD countries and selected non-OECD countries. Among the issues it explores are the impact of the recent increase in humanitarian migration, the evolution of the labour market outcomes of immigrants and integration policies, as well as analysis of family migration flows.

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría, together with EU Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitri Avramopoulos, presented the Outlook’s findings on 29 June 2017:



International Forum on Migration Statistics

15-16 January 2018, OECD Conference Centre, Paris

This event will showcase the most innovative research and initiatives to measure population mobility and generate timely statistics. More than 150 experts, high-level policy-makers, and representatives from civil society will exchange ideas on data innovations to improve the understanding of the global migration phenomenon and support policy evaluations. This unique Forum, co-organised by the OECD, IOM and UNDESA will also create synergies between all stakeholders and perspectives, with representatives from 'origin', ‘transit’ and 'host' countries of migrants.

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Programme and Speakers


Why an international forum on migration statistics?

The world is at a crossroads with respect to international migration, says Aderanti Adepoju, Professor of Demography and Social Statistics, University of Ife, and Research Professor at the University of Lagos, Nigeria.

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Our latest blog and opinion pieces on migration

A portrait of family migration
As a category, family migrants are all too often overlooked. Yet with migration comes family! This is a simple fact of life and it is time to give family migration more attention.

Gender and skilled immigration: challenges and recommendations
While women comprise an equal proportion of migrant stock globally, they are underrepresented within skilled immigration flows, despite the increasing educational achievements of women globally. Why is this the case? And why should policy makers care?

Human migration, environment and climate change
Environmental migration is a fact, yet making sense of the debate and current evidence about environmental migration and finding solutions is challenging. So what is needed to link human mobility, disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation and development to address environmental migration?

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Our latest migration policy briefs, notes and papers


Why are immigrants less proficient in literacy than native-born adults?
Mastery of the host country’s language is essential if immigrants are to integrate successfully into their new communities and into the host country’s labour market. Immigrants thus need language training as soon as feasible after their arrival, particularly immigrant children, who can then attend school with their native-born peers. 

Can we put an end to human smuggling?
In the first ten months of 2015, more than 1.2 million illegal border crossings at the external border of the EU have been detected. This edition of Migration Policy Debates scrutinises the factors that facilitate human trafficking, as well as the smuggling routes to OECD countries. It synthesises available evidence and reviews existing policy tools for tackling such crime.

How will the refugee surge affect the European economy?
A policy note on the potential fiscal and labour market impact of the refugee crisis in Europe.

Is this humanitarian migration crisis different?
The current humanitarian crisis is unprecedented with an appalling and unacceptable human cost. This issue of Migration Policy Debates looks at the most recent developments in the humanitarian migration crisis and what makes this crisis different from previous ones.

Is the United States still the land of opportunities for migrants?
It is often said that the United States is a nation of immigrants. But taking into account the large changes in the composition and scale of migration flows and the current economic environment, how are new Americans faring?

Is migration good for the economy?
How do immigrants affect the economy in terms of the labour market, the public purse and economic growth?

Latest books

Making Integration Work: Assessment and Recognition of Foreign Qualifications
June 2017
This report presents, in a non-technical way, ten lessons and examples of good practice in the area of assessment and recognition of foreign qualifications of migrants.

Safeguarding the Rights of Asian Migrant Workers from Home to the Workplace
March 2017
This report examines the growing number of labor migrants in Asia and how to best safeguard their rights. 

Interrelations between Public Policies, Migration and Development
February 2017
This report provides policy makers with evidence on the way migration influences specific sectors – labour market, agriculture, education, investment and financial services, and social protection and health – and, in turn, how sectoral policies affect migration.

Perspectives on Global Development 2017 
December 2016
Despite growing economic dynamism in many developing regions, international migration flows are not being diverted towards these new     alternative poles but rather are concentrating in advanced economies, according to this new OECD report.


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