Trends in International Migration SOPEMI ‐ 2004 Edition: Counting Immigrants and Expatriates in OECD Countries: A New Perspective

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Since the end of the 1990s, issues related to international migration, and more particularly to the international mobility of highly‐qualified workers, are receiving increasing attention from policy‐makers. This reflects among others the increasing international movements that have been taking place following the fall of the Iron Curtain and in conjunction with the growing globalisation of economic activity. In addition, demographic imbalances between developed and developing countries and large differences in wages have tended to encourage the movements of workers from economies where they are in surplus to those where they are most in need. Moreover, many OECD countries have been attempting to attract qualified human resources from abroad, which their increasingly knowledge‐intensive economies need in order to sustain economic growth. Despite these increased movements and the heightened policy interest in this area, however, the quality and comparability of international data on migration have scarcely kept pace...

Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: April 1, 2006

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