International Migration Outlook 2018

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The 2018 edition of International Migration Outlook analyses recent developments in migration movements and policies in OECD countries and some non member countries, and looks at the evolution of the labour market outcomes of immigrants in OECD countries, with a focus on the migrants’ job quality and on the sections and occupations in which they are concentrated. It includes two special chapters on the contribution of recent refugee flows to the labour force and on the illegal employment of foreign workers. It also includes country notes and a statistical annex.

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Addressing the illegal employment of foreign workers

This chapter clarifies the concept of illegal employment of foreign workers by looking at the various forms of irregularities and illegalities that it may entail, and at its relationship to informal employment. It also provides some evidence on the scope and characteristics of the phenomenon across OECD countries. However, given the scarcity of data, precise quantification is challenging. Most of the chapter is instead focused on policy measures implemented by OECD countries to prevent, control and sanction the illegal employment of foreign workers based on answers to a short questionnaire addressed to OECD members countries. General policy measures for reducing informal employment and irregular migration is also discussed.

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