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Measuring Integration of Immigrants

August 27, 2015

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The integration of immigrants and their children is repeatedly mentioned as one of the main issues of concern in public opinion surveys in many countries. This topic is also high on the agenda of policy makers, both from an economic and a social standpoint. The active participation of immigrants in the labor market and, more generally, in public life is vital for ensuring social cohesion in the host country and the ability of migrants to function as autonomous, productive and successful citizens. There are many preconceptions about the actual integration outcomes of immigrants and their children. Against this backdrop, having reliable facts is a prerequisite for a better informed public debate and for improved targeted policy making.

Jean-Christophe Dumont will present the key results of the recent OECD/EU publication "Settling in: Indicators of immigrant integration 2015” that enables to look at the socio-economic performance of immigrants and their children across all OECD countries. These new data enable a comparison of how countries perform on about 30 indicators organized around five areas: employment, education and skills, social inclusion, civic engagement and social cohesion. Special focus is also on young people with an immigrant background, whose outcomes are often seen as the benchmark for the success or failure of integration.

Speakers

Head of the International Migration Division, Direction for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs, OECD

Senior Program Officer, KNOMAD/Development Prospects Group, World Bank Group

Lead Economist, Migration and Remittances Unit, and Head, KNOMAD, Development Prospects Group, World Bank Group