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International Migration Outlook 2014

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This flagship publication on migration analyses recent developments in migration movements and policies in OECD countries and selected non-OECD countries. This edition also contains two special chapters on "The labour market integration of immigrants and their children: developing, activating and using skills" and "Managing labour migration: Smart policies to support economic growth". It also includes Country notes and a Statistical Annex. This special edition is launched at the occasion of the High-level Policy Forum on Migration (Paris, 1-2 December 2014).

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United States

United States total immigrant admissions for lawful permanent residents (LPRs) in Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 decreased by 2.9% from the previous year to 1 031 000. (All figures are for US fiscal years, October through September.) Of these, the number of LPRs who were new arrivals in 2012, 484 100, accounted for 46.9%. This is the highest share since 2003, when new arrivals accounted for 50.8% of the total. The foreign-born population residing in the United States in 2012 was 40.8 million, 13% of the total population. The main countries of birth were Mexico (28%), China (6%), India (5%) and the Philippines (5%). Together, these four countries have accounted for approximately one-third of all immigrant admissions every year over the past decade. The share of Asians among total immigrant admissions has increased over the past decade, from 34% to 42%, while the share of North American immigrant admissions fell from 36% to 32%.

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