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Russia’s large-scale aggression against Ukraine on 24 February 2022 has forced millions of Ukrainians to flee the country. Effective communication constitutes an essential tool for co-ordinating governments' crisis response. This policy brief examines communication strategies and best practices across the OECD countries in the current crisis context, drawing from results of a series of OECD NETCOM meetings. 

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In the context of the COVID 19 pandemic, effective communication on migration and integration has helped governments achieve crucial policy objectives. This Policy Brief reviews challenges and good practices of communication on migration and integration in response to current and future health crises, drawing from examples of communication campaigns implemented in OECD Member countries in 2020. 

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Regional Development


As working age populations decline in many regions across the OECD, the geographical dimension of migration is key for regional development. Where migrants settle in countries and how much they contribute to the local economies are important policy questions. This report provides new evidence on how migrants contribute to regional income, innovation, international trade and labour markets. 

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Data on Public Opinion

Data are key in understanding attitudes and concerns towards migration. They reveal the types of values, narratives and beliefs that shape public opinion on migration in a specific context. Moreover, fact-based communication allows to directly respond to such concerns, narratives as well as false information in a credible and targeted way.


All Hands In? Making Diversity Work for All

Source: OECD 2020

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The IMO 2021 analyses recent developments in migration movements. It monitors recent policy changes and labour market inclusion of immigrants in OECD countries. This edition also provides an in-depth analysis of the fiscal impact of migration in OECD countries since the mid 2000s. Read more  

This paper provides an in-depth analysis of public opinion about immigrants' integration in European countries. It shows that positive opinions about immigration are often associated with a favourable public perception of integration. Read more

  While Canadians tend to see the value of immigration nationally, they are less likely to understand how it benefits them personally, in their communities. - David Hickey, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. Read more



Shaping Migration Narratives

Attitudes and believes around migration are often temporary and quickly change based on external circumstances, with opposing sentiments being present at all stages. While narratives on migration are in many cases polarized and public opinion often depicted as an extreme binary choice, it is important for communicators to disentangle the puzzle between why and when some groups of migrants are perceived as threat or as opportunity within host communities.

OECD Podcast: How Handbook Germany builds community to overcome barriers

How can communicators successfully establish interactive spaces online to respond to migrants’ information needs? And how can governments make sure to reach particularly vulnerable migrant groups in times of crisis? Mahdis Amiri, English Editor of the media outlet Handbook Germany, talks about their innovative approach to provide essential news and information to migrants.

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EXPERT VIEW: "Migration is a story about integration, not a migrant´s tale"

This report offers multi-dimensional support for mainstreaming migrant and refugee integration and anti-discrimination campaigns on a local level. It is the result of a multi-partner collaboration between several organisations and cities coalitions including the Mayors Mechanism. 

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Migration narratives are shaped mainly at three levels of governance: international, national, and local. How do actors operating at the different levels craft and disseminate migration narratives? How do these actors interact with one another? And how does this interaction impact policymaking? - Marco Ricorda, ICMPD

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1.7 million Venezuelans have migrated to Colombia in the past five years. In an effort to increase acceptance towards migrants, the government follows a communication strategy that lays the focus on common goals and an active role of host communities. - Andrés Segura, Migration Secretariat, Presidency of Colombia. 

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