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International migration trends in 2012-13

John Salt presents UK experience at OECD meeting

International migration trends in 2012-13

On 27-29 November, Professor John Salt attended the annual meeting in Paris of the OECD Group of Migration Experts.

He presented his annual UK report on international migration trends in 2012-13. This reviewed migration flows and stocks, trends in settlement, citizenship and asylum, and new policy developments. He also chaired a session on Recent Trends in International Migration of Health Professionals.

It was clear from Round Table discussions that OECD states are experiencing a wide range of migration and integration issues and tackling them in both similar and different ways.

This is hardly surprising, given the geographical range of countries in the network.

Several countries, notably Turkey and Bulgaria, continue to receive large numbers of refugees from Syria. Others, though not the UK, wish to increase recruitment into their labour markets of international graduates attending their universities.

Some countries that were recently net emigrant countries are now experiencing net immigration (e.g. Portugal), while others that were subject to net immigration now experience the reverse (e.g. Ireland). Most countries continue to seek to attract the highly skilled. In some cases, notably Mexico, irregular migration presents major problems.

New and proposed legislation in several countries attempts to encourage entry and settlement by investors and entrepreneurs. Overall, more emphasis is now being addressed to integrating migrants rather than controlling flows.

Finally, the OECD is in the process of improving and extending its statistical database to provide greater international comparability.


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