Migration is rarely far from the headlines, generating controversy and debate around the world. But behind the hype, what is the reality of migration today? The OECD's International Migration Outlook 2008 provides an annual update on this important policy issue.
In this year's edition:
• Trends: Where do migrants come from and where do they go?
• Employment: How are immigrants faring in OECD labour markets?
• Policy: How is policy on migration evolving?
• Country notes: Updates on trends and policy developments for each OECD country.
• Editorial: Temporary labour migration may deliver less than it promises.
> China was the leading source for immigrants in the OECD area in 2006, accounting for just over one in 10 new arrivals. Among OECD members, Poland was the biggest source country, accounting for just over one in 20 immigrants into other OCED countries.
Did You Know? In the United States and in much of Europe, employers are becoming increasingly reliant on immigrants, including temporary immigrants, to do low-skilled work.
Find out more about low-skilled migration
Did You Know?
In OECD countries, between a fifth and a half of immigrants leave within five years of arriving—some to return to their country of origin and some to move to a third country.
Find out more about return migration