Speeches / Presentations


  • 28-January-2016

    English

    High-Level Conference on Integration of Beneficiaries of International Protection: Press conference remarks

    In 2015, more than 1 million people crossed the Mediterranean Sea in search of international protection. 1.5 million claimed asylum in OECD countries. This is almost twice the number recorded in 2014. At the same time, they represent only about 0.1% of the total OECD population, and, even in Europe, they represent less than 0.3% of the total EU population. Europe has the capacity and the experience to deal with this inflow.

  • 12-November-2015

    English

    OECD's Gurria calls for stronger international coordination to respond to refugee crisis

    Taking into account the severity of the crisis, a strong response of the international community is required to provide adequate support to the many refugees and asylum seekers and to better share the cost and strengthen international coordination.

  • 22-September-2015

    English

    Living up to history by addressing the humanitarian migration crisis in Europe - Launch of the 2015 edition of the International Migration Outlook

    Asylum seekers today tend to be more educated than in the past. At the same time, we are recording a greater number of unaccompanied minors, which poses particular problems. Most importantly, asylum seekers are using new and diverse migration routes, which calls for immediate action and support from countries which have limited experience in dealing with such flows.

  • 22-September-2015

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    We should not be afraid!

    Europe is facing an historic moment. By the end of this year, the number of people applying for asylum in the European Union will exceed one million. Yet, in all but a handful of cases, the response of Europe’s governments has been tentative, at best: acknowledging the need to do more, while fearing the implications.

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  • 4-September-2015

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    OECD's Gurria expresses support for new French-German initiative in response to refugee crisis

    OECD Secretary General Angel Gurría welcomes the initiative of President Francois Hollande and Chancellor Angela Merkel to put forward a structural and ambitious response to the current refugee crisis.

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  • 2-July-2015

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    Presentation of the joint OECD-EC Indicators of Immigrant Integration 2015: Settling In - A wake-Up call for governments

    This publication is the first broad international comparison across all EU and OECD countries of the economic and social outcomes of immigrants and their children in host countries. It contains the largest compilation of information on integration ever undertaken.

  • 1-December-2014

    English

    OECD's Gurria congratulates President Obama on taking action to address the unsustainable situation of undocumented immigrants

    On the occasion of the OECD High Level Policy Forum on Migration taking place on December 1 and 2 2014, Secretary General Angel Gurria congratulates President Obama on taking action to address the unsustainable situation of undocumented immigrants.

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  • 1-December-2014

    English

    OECD High Level Policy Forum on Migration: Mobilising Migrants’ Skills for Economic Success

    The global migration context is fast evolving. The number of educated migrants is increasing rapidly: inflows of tertiary-educated migrants in the OECD increased by 70% over the past decade. The economic crisis has had profound consequences on the size and composition of migration flows.

  • 1-December-2014

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    Launch of the 2014 International Migration Outlook

    The relevance of migrants has never been so evident. One in ten persons in the OECD is foreign-born, that is more than 115 million people. And, albeit modestly, migration flows to the OECD countries are on the rise again after the slowdown associated with the global financial crisis,having increased by 1% in 2013 compared to 2012.

  • 13-June-2013

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    Migration and the welfare state in times of crisis

    International migration flows are essential for the effective functioning of our economies. Even in times of crisis and fiscal constraint, a holistic approach is required to fully reap its full benefits, said Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General.

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