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Shifting patterns of international migration

John Salt at Paris OECD meeting

Shifting patterns of international migration

In early December Professor John Salt attended the annual meeting of SOPEMI Correspondents at the OECD in Paris, where he presented the UK annual report on trends, patterns and emerging issues in international migration.


Among themes discussed at the meeting were recent trends in flows of labour and family migration, national policy initiatives, the effect of the economic crisis on the integration of migrants, the recognition of foreign qualifications, the provision of language training, and the consequences for migration patterns of the Arab Spring.


As might be expected, trends varied among the disparate range of countries represented.  For example, both Russia and Poland have experienced growth in immigration while Ireland has seen significant emigration of its foreign workforce. Australia and Canada both expect growth in numbers of skill immigrants while, in Western Europe, the UK stands out as a country where the foreign population and workforce have continued to grow.