20/06/2018 - Migration flows to OECD countries have dropped slightly for the first time since 2011, with around 5 million new permanent migrants in 2017, down from 5.3 million in 2016. This trend is mainly due to a significant decrease in humanitarian migration as a result of the decline in new asylum applications, with 1.2 million applications in 2017 compared to 1.6 million in 2016, according to a new OECD report.
UNHCR and OECD launch action plan to boost refugee employment
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and the OECD, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, launched today an innovative action plan to expand employment opportunities for refugees.
Recent migration to OECD countries has been substantial: 5 million additional people migrated permanently to OECD countries in 2016, up 7% compared with 2015. But migration to the OECD is not a new phenomenon: more than 10% of residents in the OECD area in 2016 were born abroad and in 90% of OECD regions, foreign-born populations are largely made up of settled migrants who have been in the host country for more than ten years.
09/04/2018 - Foreign aid from official donors totalled USD 146.6 billion in 2017, a small decrease of 0.6% from 2016 in real terms as less money was spent on refugees inside donor countries but with more funds flowing to countries most in need of aid, according to preliminary official data collected by the OECD.