Immigration in the OECD countries increases

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A new survey that was recently released by The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development shows that immigration in the OECD countries is rising, but it still remains below the levels of 2007.

The report that is called international immigration outlook 2013 draws the conclusion that the permanent immigration to OECD countries has risen with 2% in 2011 and with another 2% in 2012.

In addition to that, the number of international students also continues to rise. Just in 2010, there were more than 2,3 million international students.

By far the greatest number of migrants, 1.06m, settled in the US in 2012. Next came Russia (413,000), Spain (349,000), the UK (321,000) and Italy (312,000).

The report also showed that the US had the highest immigrants as a percentage of the total population of the country. Around 40.38m people who live in the US are born abroad. In comparison with 7.43m in the UK, 6.93 in Canada and 6.03m in Australia.

OECD was founded in 1961 and currently comprises of 34 countries most of which are de facto the richest in the world. The main goal of the organization is to serve as a catalyst for free trade and global prosperity.

There is also a lot of evidence that leads to the conclusion that the people for the current immigration waves are hit by unemployment. While the unemployment rate of the native-born workforce has risen by 3% on average in OECD countries, the rate of unemployment among immigrants has risen by 5% between 2008 and 2012.

This is especially evident among the low skilled migrants and the youths. The survey finds that China is the largest source of immigrants for OECD. India is another large country of origin, but now a lot of immigrants come from Romania and Poland as well.


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