OECD blames recession for global fall in immigration

09:09, July 14, 2010      

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The rate of immigration to the Organization for Economic Cooperation Development (OECD) countries declined in 2008 because of the recession, the OECD's annual International Migration Outlook said Monday.

According to the OECD, the inflow of immigrants into the group's 30 member countries fell by 6 percent to 4.4 million people in 2008, and the migration numbers fell even further in 2009.

The decline reflects a fall in demand for laborers in the past several years. And the immigrants "have been hard hit by the job crisis, with young immigrants, in particular, suffering steeper drops in employment," the OECD said.

"It is important to recall that migrants are valuable contributors to the national economy, especially when times are good," said Angel Gurria, the OECD secretary-general.

"The immigration rate relies on migration policies more than the economic situation," said He Maochun, director of the Research Center for Economic Diplomacy Studies of Tsinghua University.

The OECD has urged the governments of developed countries to lower barriers for immigrant naturalization.

Source: Global Times


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