The 2016 International Migration Outlook analyses recent developments in migration statistics and policies, with a specific focus on the labour market outcomes of recent immigrants. The report includes a special chapter on the importance of the local level in the economic impact of migration.
In terms of key findings, between 2011-15, migrants’ employment rates remained stable or decreased slightly in most OECD countries. In major refugee destination countries, asylum-seekers’ access to labour market, language courses and skills assessment was quickened, while expenditure increased for education and language courses.
No major changes in OECD migration policies were reported in 2015-16.
In addition, an accompanying editorial argues that while the medium and longer term effects of migration are positive for public finance, economic growth and the labour market, large sudden inflows of migrants and their concentration in specific local areas can create short-term problems of capacity and point to unaddressed issues around local infrastructure, such as housing, transportation and education.
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