Immigration in OECD countries: fiscal impact and public opinion, open to media


18/10/2011 - Immigration in OECD countries: fiscal impact and public opinion, first annual conference, open to media.


In the absence of migration, there will be 30 percent more exits than entries to the working-age population of high-income OECD countries in the year 2020. Immigration, in conjunction with policies such as better mobilisation of domestic human resources, is one way to help alleviate the labor shortages that will result from these demographic trends.


Many OECD countries have taken measures to facilitate labor migration, and these policies were one of the driving forces behind the growth in international migration until 2008. Yet public opinion in many countries does not seem readily accepting of more labor immigration, as evidenced by the rise of anti-immigrant parties. One of the central elements shaping public opinion on migration is the fiscal impact of immigration, and in many countries there is a debate about the links between migration and the welfare state.


To explore these issues, the OECD is hosting a conference on Monday 24 October. John P. MARTIN, Director for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs, OECD and Christophe DESTAIS, Deputy Director, CEPII, will open the conference at 9:00 a.m. (click here to see the agenda).


 All the conference is open to the media


To register for this event, journalists should contact the OECD’s Media division at or tel. + 33 1 45 24 14 03.


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