International Migration Outlook 2012

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OECD's annual publication analysing recent developments in migration movements and policies in its countries. Each edition provides the latest statistical information on immigrant stocks and flows, immigrants in the labour market, and migration policies. This 2012 edition covers all OECD countries, as well as the Russian Federation, Bulgaria, Romania and Lithuania. Two special chapters complement the information on movements and policies: “Renewing the skills of ageing workforces: The role of migration” and “The Changing Role of Asia in International Migration”. The publication also features country profiles and a statistical annex.


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The great recession which began in late 2008 brought an abrupt halt to the upward trend in international migration inflows to OECD countries. Three years later, with a sluggish recovery underway in the OECD area and many countries still grappling with high unemployment, the first tentative signs of a recovery in migration flows appeared. Now is a good moment to look back and draw the lessons learned about labour migration from the crisis and from other recent experiences in this area.

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