OECD Report Charts Expat Movements

By Fernand Gagnier, for ExpatBriefing.com 08 December, 2014

Since the beginning of the financial crisis, European Union member states have grown in popularity among expats looking to relocate, with migration flows to Germany rising for the fourth year running in 2013, according to a new report from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

Three-quarters of the 450,000 people that relocated to Germany in 2013 were from other EU member states. Overall, permanent migration to the OECD area rose by 1.1 percent in 2013. One in ten new migrants to the OECD area is from China, and one in five is from Asia.

The OECD's report noted that the number of highly educated migrants to OECD states has increased by 70 percent over the past decade. Educated migrants have a higher unemployment rate than their native peers, however, and their over-qualification rate is said to be 50 percent higher. Of the additional 15 million unemployed individuals in the OECD since the start of the crisis, about one in five is foreign-born.

The figures have been highlighted by the OECD in its 2014 International Migration Outlook report. Launching the report, Angel Gurría, the OECD's Secretary-General, said that counties should consider migrants to be "a resource rather than a problem," and see integration policies as an investment.

He warned that failing to respond to rapidly changing needs would have high short- and long-term costs, and that policymakers need to have an open debate to build confidence and ensure everyone benefits from immigration.

The OECD argues that the most effective way to deal with migration is by managing objectives transparently and using well-designed tools, rather than setting quotas or public spending targets. Immigration ministers from OECD member states met to discuss policy issues at the start of the month.

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