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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In 2014 nearly 380 000 residence permits (including renewals) were issued by the General Directorate of Security, Foreigners, Border and Asylum Bureau, up from 314 000 in 2013. In 2014, family reunification remained the major grounds for delivering residence permits, followed by education purposes. Residence permits were granted to nearly 61 000 people, up from 50 700 the previous year. By contrast, there was a decline in the number of residence permits for work reasons, which declined from 44 300 in 2013 to 18 500 in 2014. Recent years have seen a shift in the origin countries of foreigners receiving residence permits. In 2012 the top five were Georgia, the Russian Federation, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria and Germany. In 2014, there was a significant increase in the number of residence permits issued to Iraqis (38 700), Syrians (31 800), Afghans (29 800), Azerbaijanis (27 000) and Iranians (18 900).

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