International migration policies and data

Trends in International Migration 2004


This annual publication is now released under the title

"International Migration Outlook"

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This annual publication analyses recent trends in migration movements and policies in all OECD member countries and selected non-member economies. It includes a detailed description of the flows, the different channels of immigration and the diversity of nationalities involved. Particular attention is paid to the growing number of migrants from China and Russia in recent flows. More detailed regional analyses examine migration within and from Central and Eastern Europe, East and South-East Asia, Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa.

This volume highlights the role of immigration in population and labour force growth, as well as changes in foreigners’ status with respect to the labour market. This year, particular attention is paid to the rates and determinants of the employment of foreigners. In the first part, a series of thematic boxes serves as a common thread which makes it possible to produce an inventory of statistical methods and assess the quality of data on international migration in various fields (migration flows, irregular migration, stocks of foreigners and immigrants, naturalizations …).

The report also presents measures aimed at improving the management of migration flows and combating irregular immigration. It reflects the increasing interest of member countries in migration for employment, notably in the case of highly qualified workers. Special attention is paid to measures aimed at supporting the integration of immigrants. Three types of initiatives, which can be summarised as “information, incentives, sanctions”, arise from the recently adopted measures.

The reader will also find in this publication:

A special chapter devoted to the identification and measurement of immigrants and expatriates in OECD countries. This information results from a new database which classifies foreign-born population by level of qualification and country of origin, thus making international comparisons across OECD countries possible for the first time.

A statistical annex containing the latest data on foreign and foreign-born populations, foreign workers, migration flows and naturalisations.

No of pages: 392

Price: € 79

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Previous editions:

Trends in International Migration, 2003 edition

Trends in International Migration, 2001 edition

Trends in International Migration, 2000 edition

Trends in International Migration, 1999 edition

Trends in International Migration, 1998 edition

Trends in International Migration, 1997 edition