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)



Sectors of Activity of Immigrant Workers

Data on the sectors of activity of the employed population aged 15 and older are available for 26 of the 28 countries covered in this publication (Germany and Japan are missing). Sectors of activity are available according to the International Standard Industrial Classification (third revision) at the two-digit level, which lists a total of 60 sectors. Some countries have only been able to provide data at the one-digit level, thus for only 17 sectors. For the Czech Republic, France, Italy, New Zealand, Switzerland, Turkey and the United States, data on the sectors of activity were provided on the basis of national definitions and required some adaptation. For Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands, data are based on estimates from national labour force surveys, which do not allow all distinctions to be made: as a result, there is a significant number of unknown sectors of activity for these countries. Missing values account for over 10% of Switzerland’s data.


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