A Profile of Immigrant Populations in the 21st Century

Data from OECD Countries

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This publication presents and discusses some of the key information available in the newly created Database on Immigrants in OECD Countries (DIOC). The many graphs and tables include data on: immigrants’ demography including age, gender and duration of stay; and their labour market outcomes including labour market status, occupation and sector of activity.

The book consists of nine thematic chapters, each including a brief description of sources, and a discussion of cross-country differences. The chapters also include a short analysis of specific issues relevant to the data, such as the gender dimension of “brain drain”, the international migration of health professionals, and the role of low-skilled foreign-born workers in domestic services.

An introductory chapter provides an overview of the data to present a picture of international migration to the OECD from four regions: Africa, Asia, and Latin America and from within the OECD area. A methodogical note completes the report by summarizing the different sources and methods applied and explaining the structure of the new DIOC.

"Immigration is fascinating, and a new report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, A Profile of Immigrant Populations in the 21srt Century,  has some juicy nuggets."

-The Times (London)


Occupations of Immigrant Workers

For all persons employed aged 15 and older, occupation was recorded by country of birth. Occupations are defined on the basis of the International Standard Classification of Occupations (ISCO) at the three-digit level. At the two-digit level, the data are crossclassified by education levels and gender. Data are available for the 28 countries covered by the publication, although they are only available the at the one-digit level for Italy. For Japan, Turkey and the United States, national classifications cannot be matched to ISCO even at aggregate level. For the purposes of this publication, the occupations have been regrouped into three categories corresponding to three different levels of qualification: professionals (ISCO major groups 1 and 2), technicians (ISCO major groups 3 and 4) and operators and labourers (all other groups).


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