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Recent Trends in International Migration

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The increases in international migration to OECD countries observed in recent years are part of a trend that is interesting to view in a broader, historical context, dating from the post‐war era to the present. There have been a number of developments during this period that have influenced international migration movements, among them post‐war reconstruction, the end of the colonial era, the oil crisis in 1973, the rise and fall of the Iron Curtain, the ageing of the baby‐boom generation, not to mention general demographic and economic imbalances between more and less developed countries. What has been the underlying trend in international migration over this period and how have specific events affected the scale and nature of movements within the OECD world?

Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: June 1, 2007


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