International Migration Outlook 2010

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This annual publication analyses recent developments in migration movements and policies in OECD countries. It looks at the contribution of immigration to changes in the working-age population in the past decade, and the role of migration inflows at projected levels in driving growth of the working-age population in the next decade. It presents information on  international students, including a first attempt to calculate the rates at which these students remain in their host countries after the completion of their studies.  

This publication also explores the main changes introduced in migration policies, including new laws governing  immigrant entry, stay and access to the labour market. The selective recruitment of immigrants according to labour market needs and points-based systems is described, as well as measures to facilitate the integration of immigrants. International co-operation to improve border control and to combat irregular migration is analysed in detail. 

The impact of the economic crisis on the labour market outcomes of immigrants is examined, taking into consideration gender, sectors of employment and different types of contracts, as well as the demographic dynamics of native and foreign-born populations during the period under review. 

The reader will also find in this book two special chapters on topical issues. The first addresses the determinants of public opinion regarding migration, reviewing opinion surveys to identify individual determinants and examining the role of different stakeholders in shaping opinion.  The second chapter presents an in-depth study of the impact of naturalisation on the labour market outcomes of immigrants, exploring how acquisition of citizenship can increase opportunities.

Country notes, together with standardised tables, describe recent developments in migration movements and policies.

The statistical annex contains the latest data on migration flows, foreign and foreign-born populations, and naturalisations. This book includes StatLinks, URLs under statistical graphs and tables linking to the underlying statistical data.

English Also available in: French


Administrative data on immigration in Greece are not consistently available. Stock permit data are released on an irregular basis, and annual flow data are not available. Two sources may be cited for 2008: the Labour Force Survey (LFS) and administrative data on the stock of permits. According to the mid-2008 LFS, there were 680 564 foreigners living in Greece, a 17% increase over LFS estimates one year earlier. According to the Ministry of Interior, the stock of permit holders fell between October 2007 and April 2008, from 481 000 to 432 000. Some of this decline was accounted for by the acquisition of EU permits by some Romanians and Bulgarians; there were 534 000 EU permit holders in April 2008. Most permit holders (56.5%) were Albanians; about 60% of permits for non-EU citizens were issued for employment.

English Also available in: French


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