|10.15 - 11.30
Launch of the OECD Digital Economy Outlook (session open to media)
Opening Remarks by Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General
Dirk Pilat, Deputy Director, Science, Technology and Innovation
Discussant: Janine Alm Ericson, Member of Parliament, Sweden
Digital transformation is under way, creating new opportunities and affecting organisations, jobs and lives in ways never seen before. Digital opportunities abound, but governments must ensure they are equally harnessed by all countries, firms and individuals. To navigate the digital transformation, governments need to review legacy frameworks, embracing digital innovation and mitigating potential social cost. They also must step up efforts to empower people with the skills needed to succeed in a digital world. A new sense of urgency to marshal digital development for productivity and more inclusive and sustainable prosperity has pushed digital issues high on national and global policy agendas. In this context, the OECD has started to undertake a large cross-cutting project focused on making the transformation work for growth and well-being.
This session explored key insights from the new OECD Digital Economy Outlook 2017, which provides a holistic overview of converging trends, policy developments and data on both the supply and demand sides of the digital economy, and illustrates how the digital transformation is affecting economies and societies.
|11.45 - 12.50
Integration of migrants - Case studies
Claire Charbit, Senior Project Manager, Regional Development Policy, Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Local Development and Tourism
Jonathan Chaloff, Administrator, Migration Policy Division, Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs
Anne-Sophie Senner, Migration Analyst, Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs
Discussants: Scott Simms, Member of Parliament, Canada and Güler Turan, Member of Flemish Parliament, Belgium
Integrating immigrants and their children is a major policy concern for many OECD countries. Immigrants represent a sizeable segment of our population: more than one in five persons in the OECD is either foreign-born or native-born with at least one immigrant parent - and this share is expected to grow further. Yet, the outcomes of immigrants lag behind those with native-born parents in all major areas of integration, including the labour market, education, and social inclusion. In addition, immigrants tend to gather in urban and capital city-regions: two-thirds of the foreign-born population in the OECD live in urban areas on average, while asylum seekers seem to be more evenly distributed. Tackling barriers to integration is essential to ensure social cohesion and the acceptance of further immigration by the host country population. Achieving it needs to adopt a territorial approach to take into account the variety of local situations and build appropriate coordination mechanisms with local governments, in charge of 40% of public spending and 60% of public investment on average in the OECD.
This session drew on key lessons from the OECD’s work on integration and summarise the main challenges and good policy practices to support the lasting integration of immigrants and their children. It provided parliamentarians with facts and evidence on integration outcomes, as well as a number of good practice policy approaches. It focused on the specific integration challenges faced by persons who migrate for family reasons – the single most important motive for migration in OECD countries – and on good practices to manage integration at the local level.