Expat Inflows Highest In Germany, US In 2012

By ExpatBriefing.com Editorial 27 May, 2014

A new study of migration flows from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has highlighted that immigration to Germany increased by a third in 2012, compared with 2011, while immigration to the UK fell to its lowest recorded level since 2003.

According to the body, Germany received 400,000 immigrants, mostly from central and eastern Europe. Within the OECD, only the USA recorded higher figures. Record levels were recorded in France, Sweden and Finland, although the figures for these countries remained low overall. Inflows to the European Union rose by 12 percent overall.

Immigration to Spain fell significantly, by 22 percent in 2012, after tripling during the period 2000 to 2007. The UK saw a decline of 11 percent to under 300,000. The OECD also found that labor migration overall was down 10 percent, although it remained stable within the UK.

In March, Germany's Minister of the Interior, Thomas de Maizère, said that increased immigration from other EU countries was "good news." However, he disclosed that proposals are being considered by a Government panel to introduce a time limit for migrants to find work or be forced to leave Germany.

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