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Trends in International Migration 2003

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This report analyses recent trends in migration movements and policies in all OECD member countries and in selected non-member countries and it includes a detailed description of the flows, the different channels of immigration and the diversity of nationalities involved.

The reader will also find in this publication a special chapter on the regional dimension of migration flows; a case study which analyses the international mobility of health professionals from and to South Africa and the associated risk of brain drain; detailed country notes on recent trends in migration flows and policies; and a statistical annex containing the latest data on foreign and foreign-born populations, foreign workers, migration flows and naturalisations.

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Recent Changes in Migration Movements and Policies

The Australian economy continued to perform strongly in 2002, with a GDP growth rate close to 3.5%, 0.7 percentage point higher than in 2001. According to OECD projections,  the economic prospects are also particularly favourable for 2003 and 2004. The unemployment rate decreased to 6.3% in 2002 from 6.7% in 2001. Australia’s immigration policy has delivered economic benefits, in part because of its ...

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