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International Migration Outlook 2016

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The 2016 edition of the International Migration Outlook analyses recent developments in migration movements and policies in OECD countries and selected non-OECD countries, and looks at the evolution of the labour market outcomes of recent immigrants in OECD countries. The report includes two special chapters: “The economic impact of migration: Why the local level matters” and "International migration following environmental and geopolitical shocks: How can OECD countries respond?", as well as country notes and a statistical annex.

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Data from population registers (which exclude asylum seekers and temporary workers) show that immigration flows were the highest ever in 2015 (134 200, up 5.7% over the previous year) while emigration flows increased by 9% to 55 800. Swedish emigrants accounted for 30% of total emigration. Net emigration of Swedes increased to 4 100 in 2015 (4 000 in 2014), while net immigration of foreigners reached 82 500 (79 700 in 2014). Syrian nationals were the largest group of immigrants (28 000, +29% compared to 2014 flows) followed by returning Swedish nationals (20 400, -2%) and Eritreans (7 600, +28%). Finally, stateless and Polish nationals each accounted for 5 500. Flows of Somalis and Afghans decreased sharply, by 17% and 12% respectively.

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