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OECD: International Migration Outlook 2010

OECD.  International Migration Outlook 2010.  OECD Publishing, Paris, 2010. ISBN: 978-92-6408-601-2. Pages: 358.

With its far-reaching implications for economic productivity, demographic developments, and potential cultural clashes, international migration is an issue high on the policy agendas of many countries around the world.  Through a consideration of both numbers and policies, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has continued its tracking of the movement of people in its member countries in the latest edition of its International Migration Outlook publication. 

An important change in the report for this year is that, in addition to studying migration for the purposes of labour or asylum, the OECD has included for the first time individuals who move for the purpose of study.  Moreover, the group has taken particular interest in the rate of permanent immigration among internationally-mobile students (estimated to vary between 15 and 35 percent) and how this potential source of highly skilled labour contributes to the knowledge economy of their chosen destinations.  The impact of international student migration patterns will continue to be of importance to immigration policy reform discussions over next decade.