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 2018

International Migration Outlook 2019


This 2018 edition of the International Migration Outlook analyses recent developments in migration movements and policies. It considers the evolution of the labour market outcomes of immigrants in OECD countries, with a focus on job quality and on the sectors and occupations in which migrants are concentrated. It includes two special chapters on the contribution of recent refugee flows to the labour force and on the illegal employment of foreign workers. It also includes country notes and a statistical annex.


Latest OECD insights into migrant integration

Engaging with employers in the hiring of refugees

A UNHCR-OECD multi-stakeholder action plan for employers, refugees, governments and civil society

Working Together for Local Integration of Migrants and Refugees

Survey of 72 cities, plus 9 in-depth case studies, and a checklist that any city or region can use to promote more effective integration of migrants

Key messages from the International Forum on Migration Statistics

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Voices from the Forum

Tim Dixon, Migrants are a lot like you

Nassim Majidi, Understanding return migration

Susanne Melde, Migration data tells stories

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Our latest blog and opinion pieces on migration

New neighbours, new citizens: migrant integration in Altena, Germany
Behind every migration statistic, there are individuals or families starting a new life in a new place. Local authorities, in co-ordination with all levels of government and other local partners, play a key role in integrating these newcomers and empowering them to contribute to their new communities. Integration needs to happen where people are: in their workplaces, their neighbourhoods, the schools to which they send their children and the public spaces where they will spend their free time.

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?

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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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?

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