Working paper

International Migration to the OECD in the 21st Century


Cansin Arslan, Jean-Christophe Dumont, Zovanga L. Kone, Çağlar Özden, Christopher Parsons, Theodora Xenogiani


Detailed and comparable international migration statistics are vital for policy makers and academics alike. This paper presents the full picture of international bilateral migrant stock data for OECD destination countries from the 2010 census round. It analyzes the data along a number of critical dimensions (origin, age, education, gender) in historical context, highlighting the most important patterns. These patterns include the continued surge in migration to the OECD (an increase of 40 percent between 2000 and 2010), the meteoric rise in high-skilled migration (an increase of 76 percent), and the inexorable increase in female migration, especially the migration of high-skilled females (an increase of 88 percent). Given their reliability, it is hoped that the data presented in the paper will set the standard for data collection and dissemination in the years to come